Monday, September 19, 2011

Maps of Yemen and Palestine Available from Ball State University Libraries

Maps in the News: Palestine and Yemen

Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas will seek United Nations membership from the Security Council, despite opposition from Israel and the United States. Yemen is also in the news this week as the country faces the worst violence in its uprising.

The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) on the second floor of Bracken Library houses dozens of historic and current maps of Palestine and Yemen. The map shown above (click to enlarge) is a 1947 map of the Palestine Plan of Partition proposed by the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee “on the Palestinian Question.” The orange shading represented the Arab state, and the blue shading represented the Jewish state as of 1947.

Current maps of the West Bank and Gaza are also available from the GRMC, including a terrain model published by the Central Intelligence Agency and maps showing Israeli settlements. A map folio of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is also available in the GRMC. A detailed aerial photograph of the Gaza Strip from 2007 is also available for circulation.

The GRMC also has a varied collection of Yemen maps, including nautical charts of the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Arabian Sea. A map of the road networks of Yemen is available, as well as maps of Sana and Aden. The GRMC also has topographic maps of the Arabian Peninsula.

For more information about these resources, please visit the GRMC Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00 or call 765-285-1097.

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