Old Shadow Relief Map of North America by Debenham, 1958: Detailed Relief, Mountain Ranges
Old Shadow Relief Map of North America by Debenham, 1958: Detailed Relief, Mountain Ranges
Old Shadow Relief Map of North America by Debenham, 1958: Detailed Relief, Mountain Ranges
Old Shadow Relief Map of North America by Debenham, 1958: Detailed Relief, Mountain Ranges

Old Shadow Relief Map of North America by Debenham, 1958: Detailed Relief, Mountain Ranges

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This 1958 map of North America by Frank Debenham is a detailed and informative physical map that provides a wealth of information about the continent's geography. The map is centered on the North American continent and shows the countries of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, and Greenland. The map also shows the major mountain ranges, rivers, and lakes of North America.

Debenham was a British geographer, cartographer, and explorer who was born in 1883 and died in 1965. He was a professor of geography at the University of Cambridge from 1930 to 1950 and was the director of the Royal Geographical Society from 1945 to 1947. He was also the president of the International Geographical Union from 1952 to 1956. Debenham was a prolific mapmaker and produced many maps of different parts of the world. His maps are known for their accuracy and detail.

This map is a fine example of Debenham's work. It is a detailed and accurate physical map of North America that is both informative and visually appealing. The map is drawn in a conic projection, which is a type of map projection that is used to represent areas that are located at high latitudes. This projection preserves the correct shape of the landmasses but distorts their size.

The map is also notable for its use of color relief shading. This technique uses different colors to represent different elevations, making it easy to see the topography of the land. The map also includes spot heights, which are small numbers that indicate the elevation of specific points on the map.

Overall, this is an excellent example of a physical map of North America. It is both informative and visually appealing and is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the geography of the continent.

Please note: This is a flat map, on flat paper. It looks 3D, but it is flat.

Countries and Regions Shown on This Map:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Cuba
  • Haiti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico
  • Jamaica
  • The Bahamas
  • Greenland

Interesting Facts About the Cartographer or Mapmaker:

  • Frank Debenham was a British geographer, cartographer, and explorer.
  • He was born in 1883 and died in 1965.
  • He was a professor of geography at the University of Cambridge from 1930 to 1950.
  • He was the director of the Royal Geographical Society from 1945 to 1947.
  • He was the president of the International Geographical Union from 1952 to 1956.

Interesting Historical or Physical Features Shown on This Map:

  • The map shows the political boundaries of the countries and regions of North America as they existed in 1958.
  • The map shows the major mountain ranges of North America, including the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, and the Sierra Nevada.
  • The map shows the major rivers of North America, including the Mississippi River, the Missouri River, and the Colorado River.
  • The map shows the major lakes of North America, including the Great Lakes, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.

Cartographic Style and Projection:

  • The map is a detailed physical map.
  • The relief is shown by gradient tints and spot heights.
  • The map uses a conic projection.

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