You haven't been listening to enough Pink Floyd.
"There is no Dark Side Of The Moon, really. (As a matter of fact it's all dark.)"
Found this on 'Strange Maps' - it's an interpretation (look like craters maybe?) of the dark side of the moon made by NASA & the US Geological Society. This map would not have looked out of place on a Beatles and (for obvious reasons) Pink Floyd album cover, but of course it was too recent.
Just shows how imaginative you can be when mapmaking!
Last edited by ravells; 11-20-2007 at 10:50 AM.
It is an interesting image, but I would hardly call it a map. It seems to me that it violates one or more of the Five Principles that were listed in your other post. It seems to me, as well, to be too abstract to be considered a "map" in any sense of the word that we think of one.
Which principle(s) do think it offends?
I suppose a legend or key and a scale would be nice so we knew what the colours meant and the size of the area covered. Once we had that information, then the map would make sense to us?
I just found the use of colours very pretty and the fact that it stood up well as a design despite (or perhaps because) the shapes were naturally formed.
Also it's different, and it's nice to see the language of maps being pushed further out.
The original Wired post is here:
and it indicates that was made with:
-Rob A>colors correlating to geological materials and phenomena
Absolutely. If it was presented to you in the form shown (without a key, legend etc) - one would not think it was a map.
Well, it does depict, pretty accurately, the spatial position of certain features on the moon. What those features are would be mysterious without the key, but even without the key there is some information content.
I have the original map in a book on terrestrial planets. It's a geological map, and quite informative if you have the key(and understand it ). Basically, as I remember, the different colors represent different ages and origins of surface materials. For instance mare deposits, younger craters and their associated ejecta fields, older craters, etc.