Monday, November 07, 2011

Maps in the News: Namibia

Maps in the News:  Where in the World is Namibia?

Today Show host Matt Lauer is once again travelling the globe for the “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” segments. This morning Lauer revealed that he was in Namibia, skiing on the sand dunes near Walvis Bay. The GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) in Bracken Library will be following along with Lauer’s journey featuring maps of the destinations.

A Central Intelligence Agency map above (click to enlarge) shows the size of the country of Namibia in comparison to the United States. A map depicting the Skeleton Coast is also available in the GRMC.

The Globetrotter Travel Map of Namibia features city maps of Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Luderitz, Swakopmund, and Walvis Bay (shown). This map also includes regional climate charts and maps and photographs of places of interest (shown above). The map also includes an inset map of Etosha National Park.

The GRMC also includes a set of topographic maps of Namibia, maps of homelands and ethnic groups, maps of economic activity, and historical maps of Namibia as Southwest Africa. A new map of Namibia from International Travel Maps includes a vegetation classification diagram, relief maps and inset maps of cities.

The Atlas Collection on the second floor of Bracken Library also includes a road atlas of Namibia, the New Namibian School Atlas, First Atlas for Namibia, and Lonely Planet’s travel atlas of Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer. Atlases circulate for 28 days or longer. For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.

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