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    Re: An essay about maps
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2010 Nov 13, 18:00 -0500

    Are the British Ordnance Survey maps really as accurate as she
    claims?  I've never seen a high resolution (<= 30') map that was 100%
    accurate, where I had knowledge enough of the terrain to detect the
    errors.
    
    It was rather a nice read, thanks for sharing it.
    
    On Nov 13, 2010, at 4:43 PM, Peter Fogg wrote:
    
    > An essay for those interested in maps:
    > http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/road-to-
    > nowhere-20101112-17r37.html
    >
    > You can tell the good lady is from the Big Smoke.  If she'd spent
    > more time in remote places she'd have known that when you get to a
    > place like Hungerford you don't just drive through it.  You stop
    > and, first of all, take on fuel.  Even if your tanks are near-full
    > - whether you'll find any more further on is never guaranteed, and
    > the person selling fuel is potentially a good source of information
    > about what lies ahead.  Then you visit the pub.  If the place is a
    > stepping-off point to really remote places you're also expected to
    > register with the cops.  Its just common sense really, but you can
    > expect to be quizzed about how well-prepared you might be for the
    > next leg, including your mapping resources.
    >
    > As you drive out from the relatively well-populated coast into the
    > relatively bereft-of-people interior, you go from ignoring other
    > motorists to acknowledging them.  Then when you get further out, if
    > another vehicle approaches from the direction you're going then you
    > both stop - blocking the road, but that's rarely a problem - so the
    > drivers can have a leisurely chat, driver's window to driver's
    > window, elbow to elbow, about the weather and the price of ewes
    > and, what interests you most, what's ahead.
    >
    > In two words: local knowledge.  The good lady is dreaming with her
    > whimsical insistence on mapping accuracy.  As if there was such a
    > thing.
    
    
    
    
    

       
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