Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Maps of Korea Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Yeongpyeong Island, Korea

Recent events have once again placed the Korean Peninsula in the world spotlight: The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library contains hundreds of maps of the Korean Peninsula and North and South Korea, including topographic maps identifying Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea (Click to view map above larger).

The GRMC has three different sets of topographic maps of the Korean Peninsula, some created by the Army Map Service. These topographic maps are available at 1:50,000; 1:250,000; 1:500,000 scales.

The GRMC also houses a set of city plan maps of cities from North and South Korea, including Ulsan, Keijo, Masan, Pusan, Pyongyang, Chinnampo, and Najin Rashin. Updated maps of Pyongyang, Seoul and Inchon are also available.

Numerous maps of the two countries or the combined peninsula are also available for research and learning, including the National Geographic comprehensive map The Two Koreas: Forgotten War. Bracken Library is a federal depository library, so the GRMC receives updated maps of Korea from the Central Intelligence Agency and nautical charts from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

The Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library also houses resources about Korea. Several road atlases of Korea and tourist atlases of Seoul are available. Many of these atlases are available in English and Korean.

For more information about these resources, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097 or email Melissa Gentry at mgentry@bsu.edu.

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