Earth and its coordinate system


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Introduction to Earth and its coordinate system
Earth as a sphere
Earth as an ellipsoid
Horizontal datum
Geographic coordinate system
Earth as a geoid


Map elements
Working with legends
Working with map scales
Displaying layers at certain scales
Essential labeling concepts
Working with the Standard Label Engine
Cartastrophe blog: They’re watching us 
Design principles for cartography
Dent, Borden D. 1999. Cartography: Thematic Map Design. 5th ed. Toronto: WCB/McGraw Hill.

Kimerling, A Jon, Aileen R Buckley, Phillip C Muehrcke, and Juliana O. Muehrcke. 2009. Map Use: Reading and Analysis. 6th ed. Redlands, California: ESRI Press.

Slocum, Terry A., Robert B. McMaster, Fritz C. Kessler, and Hugh H. Howard. 2009. Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education.

Robinson, Arthur H., Joel L. Morrison, Phillip C. Muehrcke, A Jon Kimerling, and Stephen C. Guptill. 1995. Elements of Cartography. 6th ed. Toronto: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.