Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title Colorado Atlas Project
Author(s) Wright, Patrick J.
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 1991 June
Digital Origin reformatted digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Genre Dissertations, Academic
Abstract The Colorado Atlas Project was developed to establish the foundation for an electronic atlas of the state of Colorado by the University of Denver Geography Department. The Geography Department intends to produce such an atlas using a geographic information system (GIS). The data base created in the Colorado Atlas Project will have the potential for use as an electronic as well as text atlas. The goals for the Colorado Atlas Project are to establish standards for and to determine the feasibility of creating an electronic atlas. This manuscript outlines research designed to identify and evaluate the initial groundwork in producing an electronic atlas as well as a GIS of the State of Colorado. Chapter II, "Basic Map Theory", reviews the fundamental map theory that is the framework of all superior cartographic achievement. Chapter II, will discuss the fundamental principals of map scale, map accuracy, map projection and the application of text or annotation. Chapter II will also discuss the graphic design principals of lines, linesymbols, and symbology. Chapter III, Atlas Review", is a comprehensive review of five atlases selected to discuss the theory behind the design principals and cartographic techniques used in atlases. Chapter III presents the cartographic techniques and theory used in the creation of published atlases. By applying the knowledge acquired in chapter II, the atlas review identifies the positive and negative aspects of the subjects portrayed, the cartographic techniques employed, and formats used in the creation of the reviewed atlases. Chapter IV, "Software", presents a brief overview of the capabilities of the GIS software used to complete the project. Chapter IV will explain the benefits of using a GIS in the creation of an atlas. Chapter IV will also review the capabilities of the computerized drafting software, (Informap) and the GIS software, (EMIS) of the Synercom package. Chapter V, "Colorado Atlas Project", is a description of the design decisions and methodology used to create the required maps for the Colorado Atlas Project. Chapter V explains the design decisions made and methodology used in the creation of the base map and six thematic maps for the Colorado Atlas Project. Each overlay within the base map and each thematic map created is discussed in detail emphasizing cartographic design, source, classification scheme and methodology used in the creation of each.
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