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By Alan H. Strahler

Introducing actual Geography, 5th Edition is a accomplished textual content that builds upon the a long time of good fortune of Strahler, who's one of many most appropriate geographers on the earth. This new 5th version contains all new sections with the services of connecting to multimedia and covers new updates to the topic quarter. The textual content additionally comprises present examples of environmental phenomena when it comes to the worldwide adjustments. The clarity of the textual content has been better with new placements of boxed beneficial properties and supplementary fabric.

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When slit down the side along a meridian, the cylinder can be unrolled to produce a cylindrical projection, which is a true rectangular grid. None of these three projection methods can show the entire Earth grid, no matter how large a sheet of paper is used to receive the image. Obviously, if the entire Earth grid, or large parts of it, are to be shown, some quite different system must be devised. In Chapter 1, we describe three types of projections used throughout the 4/29/10 10:26:56 AM Maps and Cartography book—the polar projection; the Mercator projection, which is a cylindrical projection; and the Winkel Tripel projection, which uses special mathematics that provide minimum distortion in a global map.

Perched on the north pole. The shadow of the wire grid on this plane surface will appear as a combination of concentric circles (parallels) and radial straight lines (meridians). Here we have a polar-centered, or polar projection. Second is a cone of paper resting pointup on the wire grid. The cone can be slit down the side, unrolled, and laid flat to produce a map that is some part of a full circle. This is called a conic projection. Parallels are arcs of circles, and meridians are radiating straight lines.

Passive systems acquire images without providing a source of wave energy. The most familiar passive system is the camera, which uses electronic detectors or photographic film to sense solar energy reflected from the scene. Active systems use a beam of wave energy as a source, sending the beam toward an object or surface. Part of the energy is reflected back to the source, where it is recorded by a detector. Radar is an example of an active sensing system that is often deployed on aircraft or spacecraft.

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