Maps in the News: Iraq, Jamaica, Somalia, Syria, the Ukraine, and Wales
The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) provides cartographic resources for research and learning. In fact the GRMC houses 140,000 maps and atlases of locations around the world, including global “hot spots” in the news.
The first map above (click to enlarge) is a portion of a road map of the United Kingdom available from the GRMC. The map shows the locations of the NATO Summit in Newport and Cardiff, Wales. President Obama is attending this meeting of world leaders—the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Great Britain.
The second map was provided by the Institute for the Study of War. The map shows the presence of the Islamic State (Isis) marked in red from Syria through Iraq. The northwestern region of Syria is identified on the map as the region in which journalist James Foley was kidnapped in 2012. U.S. airstrike targets are shown as of August 2014.
The next map is from the GRMC and was published by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency showing the regions of dispute in the country of Somalia. Somaliland and Puntland are not recognized and are self-declared autonomous regions.
The map of Ukraine was published on the ReliefWeb Web page. The map shows the rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine. The map identifies the number and locations of people displaced (IDP’s=internally displaced population) by the fighting in the country and the number of people seeking asylum as of September 1, 2014.
The last map is a Central Intelligence Agency map of Jamaica from the GRMC. The map shows the parish boundaries, railroads, important roads, and cities.
The most updated Central Intelligence Agency maps are available from the Digital Media Repository from the Maps of the World collection.
For more information about cartographic resources from the GRMC, please call 765-285-1097.