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    Re: An essay about maps
    From: John Huth
    Date: 2010 Nov 13, 23:07 -0500
    Certainly, the USGS topo's are far out of date with respect to tracks - hiking and passable 4-wheel-drive routes.  I've found too many out of date instances to recount.

    On Sat, Nov 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM, Fred Hebard <Fred{at}acf.org> wrote:
    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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