Thursday, December 04, 2014

Adventure Maps Available from Ball State University

Take a Trip with Adventure Travel Maps from Ball State University Libraries

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has received a donation of four new Adventure Travel Maps published by National Geographic.  The National Geographic Adventure Travel Map series features folded waterproof, tear-resistant maps.  Each map highlights an area’s terrain showing detailed topography and includes an index identifying thousands of cities and towns.  As the name implies, these maps are ideal resources for travelers due to their durability and information.

National parks are shown and forest cover is identified with shading.  The maps also include road networks with distances marked along the routes and color designations for major highways or expressways, secondary roads, cable car routes, tracks, and paths.  Important travel aids like airports, gas stations, lighthouses, ferry routes, and rail lines are also identified.  And local police, ambulance, and fire telephone numbers are included on some of the maps.

The maps also list hundreds of unique points of interest in the area.  Windmills, zoos, archaeological sites, caves, museums, castles, and golf courses are all featured using different symbols on the maps.  The maps also identify the locations of monasteries, churches, and other sacred sites.  UNESCO World Heritage sites are also shown.

The newest Adventure Travel Maps in the GRMC on the second floor of Bracken Library are maps of the Czech Republic, Vietnam South and Vietnam North, and Florence, Italy.  The map of Florence includes inset maps of the region and of the city’s Old Town (Centro Storico) section.  A map of Amerigo Vespucci Airport is also included.

The GRMC also includes Adventure Travel Maps of the Four Corners region of the United States, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C, Berlin and Munich, Germany, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cape Town, South Africa, and Venice, Italy.

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

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