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When silos fall in love: new meaning to the notion of being supportive.

Madison County, New York, February 20, 1993.

The National Refill Association—defending your constitutional right to a "Second" cup of coffee since 2009. You may have my coffee mug when you pry it from my cold dead hands.
"Drawing power," indeed. Our local mall developer used this map to convince gullible politicians to reduce the tax on his existing property, Carousel Center. Millions of people would come to Syracuse to shop, he claimed, and the resulting sales tax revenue would amply compensate city and county governments for the lost revenue. It worked—the map, that is. The developer had no new tenants lined up, and his partly finished addition was boarded up after CitiBank refused to advance any more money for the project. Although the Syracuse Post-Standard was largely skeptical, it ran this version of the Destiny USA map on December 3, 2002.
Contestation: The Movie (502 KB)

PowerPoint show takes apart contestation . . .
and puts you on track to something more sustaining.

Old family photo, Lake Placid, NY, mid-1980s.
Is the Mercator projection really Eurocentric?
Parody of Nazi geopolitical maps developed for my graduate seminar on cartographic propaganda.
My brief career as a cartoonist: neither Trains nor The New Yorker was interested.
Sign in Boonville, NY: Residents' days might be numbered, but must the name underscore the point?
Budapest, Hungary, 2005 International Conference on the History of Cartography.
My daughter Jo, aware of my fondness for the Visibility Base Map, suggested this image.
Geographic ignorance or haste makes waste? (an AP news map from the 1980s)
Five Islands, Maine (August 2005), with me in the foreground—added 10 months later with Photoshop.
Wiscasset, Maine, August 2004.
My GPS navigator suggested a surprise detour off NY 5 into a subdivision near Utica. Apparently the two sections of highway were connected only through the side road, off to the right. [This was my second GPS, a Garmin Nuvi 360. It was stolen in August 2011, when the car was parked—locked, I'd thought—at the BJ's Wholesale Club in East Syracuse, NY, where a week later I bought my third GPS, a Garmin Nuvi 1490T. Not only did the 1490T cost only a third of what I had paid for the 360, but its screen is larger and its labels more legible. So far no needless diversions.]
Marge and I share our home with several felines. On warm days Gretta (above) relaxes in the sink.
The mission at Carmel, California (May 2005), with me again. (Gretta got into the sink all by herself. Really.)
Milking a familiar slogan?
Triomphe of representation: my photo with Paris Hilton.
Ironic juxtaposition of signs on the Washington coast (2004). As far as I know, it's still for sale.
Rob Walker's review in Visual Studies (696 KB)

The March 2011 issue of Visual Studies includes a New Media Review ("The Lie of the Land: Mark Monmonier on Maps") in which the University of East Anglia's Rob Walker critiques How to Lie with Maps, Rhumb Lines and Map Wars, and Coast Lines.

TITLE: First PhD dissertation on digital map analysis

EVENT START DATE: June 20, 1969

A doctoral dissertation in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University by Mark Stephen Monmonier, titled "On the Use of Digitized Map Sampling and Measurement: An Example in Crop Ecology," was defended in June 1969. The Ph.D. degree was awarded in September 1969. This was the first PhD dissertation to address the use of digitized land cover and elevation maps for slope and overlay analysis.

QUOTING FROM THE ABSTRACT: "Doctoral dissertation in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University by Mark Stephen Monmonier, titled "On the Use of Digitized Map Sampling and Measurement: An Example in Crop Ecology," defended in July 1969. Degree awarded September 1969. First PhD dissertation to address use of digitized land cover and elevation maps for slope and overlay analysis. "An attempt is made to present a compact and concise exposition of methods useful for measuring, directly with a digital computer, the geometry and interrelationships of spatial distributions.
Major attention is both to contour maps and to domain, i.e. choropleth, dasymetric, or property, maps. While the treatment is primarily concerned with digitized rectangular map arrays, other representations, such as chain-encoded contours and domain boundaries, are also described. Numerous currently employable, as well as some potentially more valuable, means for obtaining digitized maps are discussed, together with preparations required to permit measurement and correlation analysis.

The main measurement techniques developed are related to the local surface geometry of points; these techniques include the determination of maximum slope, direction of maximum slope, slope in a particular direction, and surface area. After computer sensing of the terrain configuration around the point in question, and after finding the orientation of the flat element plane representing the surface at that point, the appropriate mathematical formula is then applied to achieve one or more of the above measurements. Various methods are presented for conducting the necessary computer search for contours in the vicinity of the array location for which a measurement is needed, as are the procedures for efficient systematic and random sampling.

As a means of illustrating the above techniques, a digitized map analysis is then applied to a case study in which relationships are demonstrated between the topographic and edaphic environment and the locations of orchards for two sample sites on the fringes of South Mountain in Adams County, Pennsylvania. Topographic slope and slope direction, along with several important soil characteristics, are sampled both randomly and along automatically computed geodesic paths in an attempt to estimate the significance of the air drainage and the edaphic factor as elements and localizing orchard sites. . . .

Additional potentially useful applications of digitized map analysis other than those employed in this study, together with some improvements needed for a more complete investigation of situation, are discussed. It is concluded that future generations of computing machinery should greatly expand the scope of digitized map measurement, correlation, and transformation procedures.”

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First PhD dissertation to address use of digitized land cover and elevation maps for slope and overlay analysis. Co-advisors: George F. Deasy and Anthony V. Williams. See Penn State Geography Theses list, at https://scholarsphere.psu.edu/downloads/r4x51hk94m. Key results were subsequently published as Mark Monmonier, "Digitized map measurement and correlation applied to an example in crop ecology," Geographical Review 61 (1971): 51–71.