It seems that even though I willingly gave up my geological career, I can’t give up making maps! I have bumped into a few retired geo’s who suffer in the same way! My latest adventure is to study an MSc in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), so for all those who have the map-bug, I’ll be posting my blog-worthy attempts here.
I have made a ‘map’ blog category and will be adding to this as my mapping skills progress. Enjoy!
Here’s a few of my first attempts at something original:
- Maps, maps and more maps …. This blog was the start of my current mapping journey in early 2017, when the days where short and cold! I had just discovered Arcgis and a load of free data. It attempts to illustrate the relationship between steep hills in Surrey and the underlying geology, as well as some random geographical maps drawn by hand in powerpoint (bonkers!).
- Chasing the sun; a winter cycle tour This blog includes a map that I produced as part of my Introduction to GIS course later in 2017. It illustrates the relationship between Geology and hill gradient/topography in SE England, something which is of particular interest to me.
- Ain’t no mountain high enough …….. This blog was written before I went on a trek to the Langtang region of Nepal. It contains maps based on Openstreetmap information, some of which are overlain with a GPS track of the trek. It also includes a Google-earth screen shot and some overview maps.
- A Girls Own Adventure highlights a Sri Lankan cycling adventure. At the base of the blog, I have uploaded a pictorial summary map of the two-week trip….sort of digital art!
My most ambitious mapping project to date is an interactive web-map, based around a walk in South London. It has a series of overlays under a button in the top right hand corner, which can be switched on and off to add to the walking experience. I have loaded it into an unused web address aridelessordinary.co.uk, which I will expand at some point. Have a play with the overlays and let me know what you think!