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Map Use & Analysis [Paperback]

John Campbell
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June 16 2000 0073037486 978-0073037486 4
This book is designed to serve as an introduction to the fascinating world of maps. It explains how to use maps to obtain information about a wide variety of topics. Throughout the book, maps are viewed in a broad framework. Thus, the discussion includes mental maps, aerial photographs, remotely sensed images, computer-assisted cartography, and geographical information systems, in addition to traditional printed maps. The writing style is neither formalistic nor casual, with an emphasis on clarity of explanation. The discussions assume that the reader has no specific prior knowledge of the topic, so that even novice map users can understand and use the information and techniques presented.

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John Campbell recently retired from his teaching position at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he has taught for 26 years. He received his BA in geography from the University of Washington

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course textbook March 23 2003
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book from the publisher when I was teaching a university course on cartography. The textbook for the semester had already been selected, so I used this book originally as a second resource while preparing lectures. By the end of the semester, I found myself using this book as the primary source for topics and explanations and suggested it be used in future semesters.
This book explains concepts such as projections and coordinate systems in ways that are easy to understand, particularly for new students. The explanations are thorough without bogging down in details. The figures are large, many take up a full page. They are helpful, relevant, and excellently reproduced. The chapters on terrain representation, contours, and topographic features are exceptionally good (there are almost 40 examples of terrain representation) The remote sensing and GIS chapters are brief and introductory, but those are topics best left for other books.
I was a little skeptical when I first saw this book, since it appeared to be a somewhat thin, and we were using Robinson's book, which is basically a standard. But, I would recommend this to any map student, teacher, or user. It packs a lot of information in its pages. I still use it as a reference (...).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cartographer's View of the World Oct. 1 2000
Format:Paperback
When you've been working in a field for 30 years it's really difficult to drag yourself backwards and review data you already know, so when I signed up for a GPS (Global Positioning Sattelite) software course I looked at "Map Use & Analysis" by John Campbell as something I could just skip over, but since it was required reading I finally got it out. I was really pleased with the depth of material and the extremely clear explanations of all those mystifying cartography words. Anyone who has no idea about mapping or is a begining student will be able to use this book. The format is excellent with terms higligted and the index and dictionary are well coordinated. I feel that this book is such an excellent reference that I am buying a copy for myself. The only negative thing I have to say is that the illustrations, which are plentiful seem to wander several pages ahead of text, but they are carefully numbered and correspond exactly to the descriptions. Well done! Les L. Johnson
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1.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Text!! Sept. 13 2010
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This book is terrible for beginner GIS students. The explanations often confuse more than clarify, the examples are so long winded that you often forget the topic being covered...there are about 50 other negative points about this text I could get into, but will save space and just recommend looking for alternate resources!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help March 21 2001
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Format:Paperback
If I were stuck on a deserted Island like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, and I could only have one book, it would be this one. It would help me to get off the island and determine my global positioning! Lots of help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cartographer's View of the World Oct. 1 2000
By Les L. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When you've been working in a field for 30 years it's really difficult to drag yourself backwards and review data you already know, so when I signed up for a GPS (Global Positioning Sattelite) software course I looked at "Map Use & Analysis" by John Campbell as something I could just skip over, but since it was required reading I finally got it out. I was really pleased with the depth of material and the extremely clear explanations of all those mystifying cartography words. Anyone who has no idea about mapping or is a begining student will be able to use this book. The format is excellent with terms higligted and the index and dictionary are well coordinated. I feel that this book is such an excellent reference that I am buying a copy for myself. The only negative thing I have to say is that the illustrations, which are plentiful seem to wander several pages ahead of text, but they are carefully numbered and correspond exactly to the descriptions. Well done! Les L. Johnson
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent course textbook March 23 2003
By Justin Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I received a copy of this book from the publisher when I was teaching a university course on cartography. The textbook for the semester had already been selected, so I used this book originally as a second resource while preparing lectures. By the end of the semester, I found myself using this book as the primary source for topics and explanations and suggested it be used in future semesters.
This book explains concepts such as projections and coordinate systems in ways that are easy to understand, particularly for new students. The explanations are thorough without bogging down in details. The figures are large, many take up a full page. They are helpful, relevant, and excellently reproduced. The chapters on terrain representation, contours, and topographic features are exceptionally good (there are almost 40 examples of terrain representation) The remote sensing and GIS chapters are brief and introductory, but those are topics best left for other books.
I was a little skeptical when I first saw this book, since it appeared to be a somewhat thin, and we were using Robinson's book, which is basically a standard. But, I would recommend this to any map student, teacher, or user. It packs a lot of information in its pages. I still use it as a reference (...).
4.0 out of 5 stars Find your way with Map Use and Analysis June 21 2011
By James Heller - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good text. A few small errors but generally a decent read. This is a required text for a cartography class I am taking and I am finding it a very useful introduction to the subject. Campbell provides clear and concise explanations on representing physical geographic data. His text provides excellent definitions for many cartographic terms. If you have no knowledge of map use and interpretation then this book is a definite must have. Even if you are an experienced imagery or map analyst or orienteering enthusiast this text is a very useful reference for your library.
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Help March 21 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If I were stuck on a deserted Island like Tom Hanks in Cast Away, and I could only have one book, it would be this one. It would help me to get off the island and determine my global positioning! Lots of help.
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