SECTION I: Foundations: Introduction to Earrth
Week 3, 1.2. Portraying Earth, ch 2 - Assignment 2:Submit assigment using the corresponding link in the Submit Work section.
 
 


Reading Assignment:  Chapter 2
 Portraying Earth


Unit (Chapter) Plan:
Contents 
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Activities 
(things you must do)
Abilities Acquired
(what you learned)

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Contents (course topics):

The Nature of Maps
The Matter of Scale
    Scale Types
    Large and Small Scales
The Role of Globes
Map Projections
    The Major Dilemma: Equivalence versus Conformality
    Automated Cartography
Isolines
The Global Positioning System
Remote Sensing
    Aerial Photographs
    Orthophoto Maps
    Color and Color Infrared Sensing
    Thermal Infrared Sensing
    Microwave Sensing
    Radar and Sonar Sensing
    Multispectral Remote Sensing
    Landsat Sensor Systems
    SPOT Imagery
    EOS and Terra Satellites
Geographic Information Systems
The Role of the Geographer
Focus:
Map Essentials
Mercator: The Most Famous Projection
USGS Topographic Maps
 

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Activities (things you must do):
Read Chapter two of your textbook
Review the story of plate tectonics
For a more simplistic model visit this site <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/tectonics>
<http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Continents.shtml>
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Abilities Acquired (what you learned):

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
1.- name the most famous and, undoubtedly, most widely used of all the map projections projection Mercator

2.- name the  type of remote sensing imagery best suited to use at night .thermal infrared
3.- Explain the difference between large-scale and small-scale maps
4.- List all the essentials of a map
5.- Name the fundamental  essential for GPS to function.
6.-  Give an example of fractional scale  that contrast between large-scale and small scale of a map
7.-  Explain  what is the scale of a map
8.- Explain color infrared photography
9.- Explain the advantages of  using an interrupted projection in the elaboration of a map
10.- Discuss the concept of equivalence in map projectors, give pros and cons.
11.- List two uses of color infrared photography
12.- Explain the use of central meridians in map  projection
13.- describe the following map projections: A) Mercator , B) conic, C) cylindrical, D) equivalent
Which one is considered a "perfect" map projection in terms of the amount of distortion associated with it?
14.- Name the element that all map projections have  in common.
15.- Give a  major disadvantage of oblique aerial photographs as compared to vertical air photographs.
16.- Explain what Photogrammetry is.
17.- Explain the following projections: A) equivalent, B) conformal, C) conic, D) azimuthal, E) gnomonic.
18.- Name the best application for Microwave imagery, other words, what it is ideally suited for sensing…
19.- Name the first airborne platform for aerial photography.
20.-Identiy from the list of graphical scales below, which is the smallest
A) 1:100,000
B) 1:200,000
C) 1:500,000
D) 1:750,000
E) 1:900,000
21.- Identify an advantage of  color infrared  film photography, in terms of the photographic film   sensitivity to wavelengths (32).
22,- Explain what is an isoline of a map.
23.- Give a pro and a con of the property of equivalence.
24.- Name one advantage of Radar over other remote sensing  (37)
25.- Explain what is an isohyet (38)
26.-  Give an advantage of the use of graphic scales. Think in terms of what happens to the map as you reduce it or enlarge it (40)
27.- Name the type aerial photographs that best show  the stereoscopic effects ( 42)
28.- Name four  forms of   remote sensing  (49).
29.- Name  an "active" remote sensing system (51) .
30.- Name the most important Earth resources satellite series that started in the 1970s (52).
31.- On color infrared photography, what color living green vegetation would appear?  (57)
32.- Contrast graphic scale and fractional scale. Which is more useful, a graphic scale or a fractional scale? Why?
33.- Contras between a globe and a map: A globe can portray Earth’s surface more accurately than a map, but globes are rarely used. Why?
34.- Distinguish between GPS and GIS.
35.- Compare the advantages and disadvantages of vertical and oblique aerial photographs.
36.- Explain the concept of equivalence.
 
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