Think of them not as cartographic abstractions, but as incredibly affordable Pollocks.
Good cartography lies at the intersection of rigorous scientific data display and a aesthetic touch of beauty. This article is an ode to the beauty of USGS topographic maps as affordable pieces of art. Geography students that start their own mapping projects need to recognize that good cartographic work often needs to be both an art and a science to fit the needs of their intended audience.
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