Ask mapman[TM].As Junior Scholastic's Mapman, my job is to design maps. This column gives you the chance to ask me anything about cartography cartography: see map.
Art and science of representing a geographic area graphically, usually by means of a map or chart. Political, cultural, or other nongeographic features may be superimposed. (mapmaking) and geography (the study of the relationship between people and land, climate, and resources).
Throughout history, every culture has created maps of one form or another. Take, for instance, the people of the ancient Middle East. The Babylonians (who lived in what is now Iraq Iraq or Irak (both: ēräk`, ĭrăk`), officially Republic of Iraq, republic (2005 est. pop. 26,075,000), 167,924 sq mi (434,924 sq km), SW Asia. ) made clay-tablet survey maps, while the Egyptians This article is about the Egyptians, a North African ethnic group. For the ethnic group in the Balkans, see Egyptians (Balkans).
The Egyptians (Egyptian: rmṯnkm.t; Coptic: ni. used graphic symbols for canals, gold mines, and tombs on their papyrus maps.
Since geography takes in so much of human experience, both past and present, I expect your questions to cover every corner of the globe!
Your first question arrived via e-mail:
Ali A. has a Two-part Adj. 1. two-part - involving two parts or elements; "a bipartite document"; "a two-way treaty"
many-sided, multilateral - having many parts or sides question about the lost island of Atlantis Atlantis (ətlăntĭs, ăt–), in Greek legend, large island in the western sea (the Atlantic Ocean). Plato, in his dialogues the Timaeus and the Critias, .
Q: Where was Adantis located? If it was a legendary place, who started the legend?
A: The story of Atlantis, an island of untold wealth, natural beauty, and clever citizens, has captured the attention of scholars for more than 2,000 years.
The Greek philosopher Plato was the first to describe Atlantis, in 360 B.C. Plato wrote, "There was an island situated in front of the Pillars of Hercules Pillars of Hercules, ancient mythological name for promontories flanking the east entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. They are usually identified with Gibraltar in Europe and with Mt. Acha at Ceuta in Africa. (see map); the island was larger than Libya and Asia put together." He then explained that the island sank into the ocean several thousand years before he learned of its history.
Today, many scholars believe that Plato created the story of Atlantis to describe his model of a utopia (perfect society). But a few determined experts think the lost island exists and that they will eventually find it.