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Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 5:17pm Categories:
In 1927, Clyde Newnom authored a guidebook to Michigan titled Michigan’s Thirty-seven Million Acres of Diamonds.The author, in his introduction, explained the use of the word ‘diamonds’ poetically: “Her [Michigan’s] hand is overflowing with vast natural resources and great wealth.” Clyde was not suggesting literally that Michigan might include diamonds as one of these natural resources of note.

A lucky few, however, have found diamonds in the Great Lakes area. Michigan’s most notable find was Frank Blackmond’s 11-carat diamond found in 1894 near Dowagiac in southwest Michigan. Several...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 1:06pm Categories:


Part of the black-ink plate to the 1912 Lansing topographic map.

From the 1880s to the 1950s, the U.S. Geological Survey used engraved copper plates in the process of printing topographic and geographic quadrangle maps. Copper alloy engraving plates were inscribed with a mirror image of the points, contour lines, symbols, and text that constitute a topographic map. Each plate was inscribed with details for a single color of ink. Every sheet of paper had to be impressed multiple times to make a complete color map. In order to make large numbers of prints, USGS transferred the...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 12:35pm Categories:

East Lansing and MSC, 1926

This map of East Lansing and the Michigan State College campus shows every land parcel and every campus building. It also includes the city’s sanitation and sewage treatment infrastructure, which mainly involved piping sewage to the Red Cedar River (a practice long since discontinued). The City of East Lansing passed its first zoning ordinance effective August 13, 1926 in the form of a 12-page booklet which is attached to the map. The ordinance created five use districts in the city (excepting the college lands) which carefully separated fraternity and...

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Amanda Tickner Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 1:04pm Categories: Uncategorized

We will be offering many fun and useful workshops this semester!

Print your Neighborhood: 3D Printing From A Topographic Map: No 3D printing experience necessary. Use simple applications to prepare a file to 3D print a small area relief map of your favorite place or research area. Please bring a laptop with Autodesk 123D loaded (it can be downloaded for free here) Tuesday January 26th 3-4 PM (in the Makerspace Series) No registration needed - just show up to the Makerspace on the second floor of the library

QGIS Workshop 1: Choropleth Mapping will demonstrate how to make a...

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Kasey Wilson Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:03pm Categories: Uncategorized

In his speech to the US Congress on September 24, Pope Francis stated that “Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the Second World War.” This common refrain can be heard throughout the current dialogue on the refugee and migrant situation in Europe and elsewhere but, what does it really mean?

Following the Potsdam Agreement, there were approximately 23 million people displaced either by the war’s effect or through the forced expulsion of Germans from Eastern Europe. These population movements are reflected in our map from 1952, showing an astounding...

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:03pm Categories: Uncategorized

The History of Cartography v.5 (Cartography in the 19th Century) is seeking contributors to write entries on the following topics.

If you are interested in writing one (or more) of these, please contact

Claudia Asch

Research Assistant

Volume 5, History of Cartography

http:www.geography.wisc.edu/histcart/

claudia.asch@sas.ac.uk

Cluster Entry Term Words Contracted

1.1.1 Property Mapping Property Mapping in the Caribbean 2000

1.1.1 Property Mapping Property Mapping in Portugal 2000...

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Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 6:46pm Categories: Uncategorized

In 1986 MSU cartography student Brenda Mathenia made this map of campus that highlights the 14 library locations and their collections. The back summarizes the collections and services of the libraries at that time. Over the intervening 29 years we've changed drastically both in size and composition. Our collections are larger and our locations are fewer. Our computing and study spaces are vastly enhanced and modernized. One thing hasn't changed one iota though, and that is expressed in the last sentence: "The MSU Libraries are constantly growing and changing, responding to the...

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Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:14pm Categories: Uncategorized

Participate in a humanitarian mapping project, no GIS experience needed! Bring your laptop to the library and join us in developing map data to aid a humanitarian project. The exact project is to be determined, but likely will involve improving our knowledge of road networks in an African country by looking at satellite images and marking the roads with your mouse. We will supply the refreshments while you save the world, one click at a time. If you plan on joining us, create an OpenStreetMap account and download the browser plugin here: http://hotosm.org/get-involved/disaster-mapping...

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Friday, September 11, 2015 - 1:27pm Categories:

QGIS is a popular open source Geographic Information System that runs on several operating systems. The introductory workshop on October 19th will focus on introductory topics such as how to acquire and display GIS shapefiles, map a list of addresses, perform a spatial analysis, and create a layout. The second workshop will further build on QGIS skills by working with raster images and data. Participants will learn how to georeference a digitized map (such as a historic map or aerial photo) and create vector data from it for basic analysis. Map Projections and data alignment will also be...

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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:14pm Categories: Uncategorized

For hundreds of years European nations yearned to discover a water route over or through the Americas to reach the Pacific and Asia. In 1775 the unofficial contest became more real when Great Britain offered a £20,000 prize (about £2.2 million today) mainly to beat the Spanish to the discovery.

This map attempts to mark out reports from several expeditions. Two, however, were likely fictitious or at least grossly exaggerated, those of Juan de Fuca and “l’Amiral” De Fonte. The Spanish government archives have no records of such voyages (and in De Fonte’s case, no such person)....

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