Abstract

In glacier cartography, as in all mapping, questions of convention and standardization have long plagued cartographers. National and international efforts at standardization have generally failed. To assess the styles, techniques, and status of glacier representation, several hundred maps of glaciers and related features were examined and evaluated. As a result it is suggested that there is room for innovation and that greater attention be devoted to the following problems: (1) color symbolization, (2) perception of symbols and color by map users, (3) inclusion of more symbolic information on medium-scale maps, and (4) effects of automated cartography on representation techniques.

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