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Geography has come a long way from the days of Babylonian maps on clay tablets. Advanced methods of collecting geographical information have given birth to the Geographic Information System (GIS) which is transforming every aspect of our economy. Spatial science, simply put, geographic science and its technologies empower mankind by constructing a deeper intelligence of “what is where”. Governments, businesses, and communities benefit from this information to make smarter decisions globally. It enables to create intelligence that helps to plot travel routes on Google maps, track beach erosion, design housing estates and search for missing aircraft.
Since the beginning maps have been a way of visualizing geographic information. There is something magical about maps. Like books open up the creative crooks of our mind, maps open up the power of visualization. It can take us to places we’ve never been to from planetary surfaces beyond earth to the depths of oceans. Maps are great storytellers too. It has been a novelist’s tool to create enchanting worlds of imagination. Science journalists are fascinated by maps for they help in powerful data visualizations. Geologists love their maps as they illustrate the folds, faults, oil well digs, water, minerals, and precious metals. But reading maps goes far deeper than mapping directions. They can document criminal activity, predict future flood trends or suggest new store locations. If you love geography and maps, this module is meant for you.