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Maps & Mapping

"Anything that can be spatially conceived can be mapped—and probably has been."

—From The Nature of Maps by Robinson and Petchenik


Maps are used for three things:

  1. To locate places on the surface of the earth
  2. To show patterns of distribution
  3. To discover relationships between different events or phenomena by analyzing map information.

Use maps in your classroom to examine environmental patterns and relationships big and small. Using GIS to take a closer look at local areas can make learning about the environment relevant and meaningful for students of all levels.

The list of mapping sub-sections (see sidebar) will guide you through the mapping portion of the Wisconsin Watershed Connection web site.