Mon, 1 Oct, 2012

How Benchmark Atlases Planted an Acre of Trees

As summer comes to a close, and fall is swooping in to give us all the much anticipated coat weather, Benchmark Maps is delighted to give the Arbor Day Foundation our first donation installment via our Atlas + Tree Matching partnership. Since our kick off in July, we have successfully planted 204 trees across the western US – that’s ONE ACRE of nothing but trees! We are… 
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Wed, 26 Sep, 2012

Benchmark Maps updates its Library of Congress entries and submissions

The Library of Congress in Washington DC is the de facto national library of the US and the repository of copyright protected maps and atlases. It’s the largest library in the world by shelf space and number of items. Benchmark Maps has recently updated all of our listings (maps and atlases going back to 1995) and provided nine of our more recent titles and revisions for submission…. 
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Mon, 23 Jul, 2012

Military Cartography: From the World of Warfare to Civilian Mapping Technologies

For centuries, military campaigns have relied heavily on a range of cartographic products, and the importance of a map that accurately depicts troop movements, topographical conditions, and other aspects of the surrounding areas cannot be overstated.   In the United States, this type of military cartography came into full flower during the Revolutionary War and maps documenting everything from attacks on Fort Sullivan in South Carolina and… 
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Fri, 24 Feb, 2012

Why Magnetic Declination Matters…

In short, failure to adjust your compass for magnetic declination could lead or keep you off course, depending on where you are in the world. Magnetic declination is the angle between magnetic north (where the compass points) and true north (geographic north on your map).  Orienteering, the process of navigating by map & compass, requires the two be aligned accurately.  If they are not aligned, it can be easy think… 
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