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					Student Atlas Project
Mr. Johnston-World Geography Spring 2002-03

In an effort to help each student to develop a good understanding of the earth’s
surface, its physical and political boundaries, and the usefulness of various types
of maps, each student is required to make a World Atlas of his or her own. This
atlas must be arranged by regions as follows:

       1. Continents of the World
       2. Regions of the World
       3. United States of America
       4. Canada
       5. Mexico
       6. Central America
       7. The Caribbean
       8. South America
       9. Europe
       10. Russia and the Eurasian Republics
       11. Middle East (a.k.a. Southwest Asia)
       12. Africa
       13. South Asia
       14. East Asia
       15. Southeast Asia
       16. Australia
       17. Oceania
       18. Arctic and Antarctica

There are different types of maps that will be produced. All of the base maps will
be political/physical, therefore current country borders should be drawn, current
names and capitals of countries should be labeled, and specific physical features
will also be labeled. At least 2 maps must have an overlay, a transparent sheet
on which other types of information will be drawn and labeled. Page numbers for
examples of some different types of maps for overlays found in the text, are in
parentheses following the type: climate (425), population density (285),
vegetation (206), economic activity (574), language (177), historical (183),
natural resources (533) and more!

The following is an example for a map with an overlay : For the map of Africa,
I trace the base map onto a regular white sheet of paper, including the current
country borders. Then I label all the countries and capitals. I then label the other
required physical features. Next, I color the countries in the style of a political
map, each country a different color than the bordering countries. Next, I color any
large water features blue. (To not use up too much time or blue colored pencil, I
color a strip or fringe about an inch wide at the border where the land and the
oceans meet.) I draw a compass showing at least north, a title and a key,
defining any symbols I have used, such as a star for the capitals a blue line for
the rivers and a black line for the borders, etc. I have now finished the
background map. Next I take a sheet of transparent paper (this can be tracing
paper, vellum, onion skin any type of “see-through” paper). I lay the paper over
the top of my background map, taping down the four corners to keep the two
maps lined up. I look in my text or an atlas and find a special purpose map of
Africa. A map that shows something such as natural resources, climate regions,
vegetation, languages, etc. I choose a map that is titled, “Africa: Colonial Rule,
1914”. Using my completed background map as a guide, I draw in the lines that
define the regions for this map. Now I create and draw a key or legend showing
the different colonial powers. I decide which pattern or co lor will work best to
represent each colonial power, draw or color that into the boxes of my key, then
apply those colors or patterns to the overlay map in the correct locations. I then
write the appropriate title on this overlay map. Now I get some “scotc h” tape
(transparent tape) and carefully tape the two maps together across the top of the
maps, keeping them aligned. When I am finished I can flip the overlay up seeing
the background political/physical map, with all the current locations identified,
then lay the overlay back down to see where the European powers once ruled
Africa and what areas were independent in 1914. I have now met two of the
requirements for this project, a map of Africa and one of two maps having an

    All background maps must be completed on standard, size (8 ½” x 11”)
     white paper. If needed or desired, you may divide a listed region onto
     more than one sheet of paper. If you choose to do this, please be aware
     you must create an overlay map for all the sheets of any 1 region.
     Example: You decide to create a background map of the U.S. divided onto
     two separate pages, eastern U.S. and western U.S., and you decide to
     create one of your two required overlays for this map, let’s say climate
     regions. You must create a climate region o verlay for both pages,
     although only one of the two overlay pages needs to have the key/legend.
    You must trace or draw ALL your maps! The only maps in your
     project that should have preprinted borders will be the two “world”
     maps provided by the teacher. The easiest way to trace a map is to use
     a light-table or simply tape the base or source map onto a window then
     tape the blank paper over the top of the base map. With the two sheets
     having light from behind, the lines are usually very easy to see. To get a
     base map into a single sheet form, just photocopy the maps from the text
     or an atlas, or print out base maps from internet sites or computer
     software if you have it available. Links to internet sites that have useful
     base maps are available on the class homepage, found through
    I would prefer that you hand print your labeling, but you may use printed
     labeling, that you type, print, cut-out and paste on the maps if you wish.
    All labeling must be done in black ink so that the labeling is easy to see.
     Borders should also be in ink. Rivers should be in blue ink or pencil
    All maps should have a legend/key and compass.
    All maps must be titled specifically.
    All maps should be done neatly. It is a good idea to do the map first in
     pencil so that mistakes can be adjusted or erased, and not coloring or
     going over the map in ink until after the lines and labeling are correct.

     The finished “Atlas” must also have the following:
    A Cover page with a title on it, a table of contents, as well as your name,
     your period, and the date you are turning in the Atlas should be included.
    The “Atlas” should be turned in, in the folder you have been keeping your
     maps in throughout the semester.
    Every page must have your last name on it on the back, in ink, along with
     your period number.

The final project will be graded according to the following: if the required items
have been placed on the maps; overall neatness in coloring and layout, two
maps have overlays. Also all the general requirements are met such as: all
regions being completed, a cover page, table of contents, it is in the appropriate
folder, and all directions have been followed.

When possible, I will give you time to work on your maps in class, so please
bring the supplies you are using for this project with you to class. Check the
“daily” side of the board for days when the schedule will NOT allow any time for
map work.

On the honor system, a student must do all his/her own work. None may be
done by parents, friends, siblings etc. without express permission from the

This looks like a lot of work, and it is, but it is also spread out over the rest of the
semester and will only take a few hours per week to do.

The maps you complete and are working on become part of your notes, and
therefore are eligible for use on many tests and quizzes as well as meeting the
requirements for this project.

This is the largest project of this class. Please do your best work and please ask
whenever you need help or direction.
Specific map-by-map instructions beyond the general instructions. (page 3 of instructions set). On one of the
world maps, label and color the seven continents, title it “Continents of the World”. On the other world map, label
and color the world culture regions as defined by the textbook, title it “Culture Regions of the World”.
Below are the specific physical features for each map of the Student Atlas Project. At times you will
find varying spellings from those listed here, if you have any questions about this please ask.

  UNITED STATES:              Yucatan Peninsula            Guiana Highlands           Caspian Sea
  Rocky Mountains             Campeche Bay                 Sao Francisco River        Aral Sea
  Appalachian Mountains       Gulf of Mexico               Blanca Bay                 Ural Mountains
  Missouri River              Gulf of California           Gulf of Guayaquil          Lake Ladoga
  Mississippi River           MEXICO (cont.)               Gran Chaco                 Ob River
  Rio Grande                  Pacific Ocean                Mt. Aconcagua              Lake Balkhash
  Colorado River              Rio Grande                                              Lake Baikal
  Gulf of Mexico              Balsas River                                            West Siberian Plain
  Pacific Ocean               Baja Peninsula               EUROPE:                    Sayan Mountains
  Atlantic Ocean              Lake Chapala                 Pyrenees Mountains         Communism Peak
  Lake Superior               Mexican Plateau              Atlantic Ocean             Verkhoyansk Range
  Lake Huron                                               North Sea                  Yenisey River
  Lake Michigan               CENTRAL AMERICA:             Norwegian Sea              Lena River
  Lake Erie                   Pacific Ocean                English Channel            RUSSIA AND THE
  Lake Ontario                Lake Nicaragua               Baltic Sea                 EURASIAN
  Lake Okeechobee             Coco River                   Mediterranean Sea          REPUBLICS (cont.)
  Snake River                 Gulf of Honduras             Tyrrhenian Sea             Yablonovy Range
  Yukon River                 Panama Canal                 Adriatic Sea               Stanovoy Range
  Gulf of Alaska              Caribbean Sea                Aegean Sea                 Amur Ruver
  Bering Sea                  Isthmus of Panama            Ionian Sea                 Kamchatka Peninsula
  Mt. McKinley                San Juan River               Black Sea                  Sea of Okhotsk
                              Gulf of Fonseca              Bay of Biscay              Laptav Sea
  CANADA:                     Mt. Tajumulco                Alps                       East Siberian Sea
  Pacific Ocean                                            Loire River                Chukchi Sea
  Atlantic Ocean              CARIBBEAN:                   Rhine River                Bering Sea
  Hudson Bay                  Straits of Florida           Po River
  Beaufort Sea                Greater Antilles             Danube River               MIDDLE EAST:
  Baffin Bay                  Caribbean Sea                Elbe River                 Mediterranean Sea
  Labrador Sea                Lesser Antilles              Vistula River              Red Sea
  Mackenzie River             Yucatan Channel              Tagus River                Persian Gulf
  Great Bear Lake             Leeward Islands              Carpathian Mountains       Gulf of Oman
  Great Slave Lake            Windward Islands             Strait of Gibraltar        Gulf of Aden
  Peace River                 Atlantic Ocean               Pennine Range              Arabian Sea
  Ellesmere Island                                         Apennines                  Zagros Mountains
  Baffin Island               SOUTH AMERICA:               Scandinavian Highlands     Rub al Khali
  Victoria Island             Andes Mountains                                         Asir Mountains
  Banks Island                Atacama Desert               RUSSIA AND THE             Libyan Desert
  Ungava Peninsula            Lake Titicaca                EURASIAN                   Euphrates River
  Rocky Mountains             Amazon River                 REPUBLICS:                 Tigris River
  Mt. Logan                   Uruguay River                Dnieper River              Nile River
  St. Lawrence River          Pacific Ocean                White Sea                  Dardanelles
  Laurentian Highlands        Atlantic Ocean               Barents Sea                Bosporus Strait
  Vancouver Island            Strait of Magellan           Kara Sea                   Aegean Sea
                              Uruguay River                Sea of Azov                Sea of Marmara
  MEXICO:                     Lake Maracaibo               Caucasus Mountains         Caspian Sea
  Sierra Madre Occidental     Brazilian Highlands          Black Sea                  Strait of Hormuz
  Sierra Madre Oriental       Patagonia                    Volga River                Lake Nasser
  Sierra Madre del Sur        Pampas                       West Siberian Plain        Aswan High Dam
Suez Canal                  Brahmaputra River        AUSTRALIA (cont.)       South Pole
Dead Sea                    Thar Desert              Darling River           Prince Albert
Pontus (Pontic) Mountains                            Great Sandy Desert      Mountains
Elburz Mountains            EAST ASIA:               Great Artesian Basin    Wilkes Land
Mt. Ararat                  Gobi Desert              Indian Ocean            Shackleton Range
Syrian Desert               Amur River               Tasman Sea              Weddell Sea
                            Tian Shan Mountains      Coral Sea               Enderby Land
AFRICA:                     Altai Shan Mountains     Great Barrier Reef      Queen Maud Land
Atlantic Ocean              Huang He River           Geographe Bay           Vinson Massif
Indian Ocean                Chiang Jiang River       Bass Strait             Antarctic Peninsula
Mediterranean Sea           Xi River                 Mt. Kosciusko           Amundsen Sea
Gulf of Guinea              Yellow Sea               Great Victoria Desert   Ross Sea
Lake Victoria               East China Sea           Macdonnell Range        Shackleton Ice Shelf
Lake Chad                   Sea of Japan             Gibson Desert           Atlantic Ocean
Sahara Desert               South China Sea          Kimberley Plateau       Pacific Ocean
Kalahari Desert             Himalayan Mountains      Shark Bay               Indian Ocean
Atlas Mountains             Plateau of Xizang        Flinders Range          Pensacola Mountains
AFRICA (cont.)              Sichuan Basin            Barkly Tableland        Dibble Iceberg Tongue
Ahaggar Range               Yungui Plateau                                   Ross Ice Shelf
Zaire (Congo) River         Yalu Jiang               OCEANIA:                Lambert Glacier
Lake Malawi                 Korea Strait             Southern Alps
Mozambique Channel          Pacific Ocean            Cook Strait
Zambezi River                                        Mt. Wilhelm             HINTS!
Niger River                 SOUTHEAST ASIA:          Coral Sea               Remember to label
Orange River                Indian Ocean             Tasman Sea              everything before you
Drakensberg Mountains       South China Sea          Fiji Sea                color!
Cape of Good Hope           Gulf of Tonkin           Pacific Ocean
Horn of Africa              Philippine Sea           Solomon Sea             You don’t need to color
Nile River                  Java Sea                 Philippine Sea          all of each ocean blue,
Mt. Kilimanjaro             Andaman Sea              Marquesas Islands       just a nice border of
Ethiopian Highlands         SOUTHEAST ASIA           Tuamoto Archipelago     blue, where ocean
Victoria Falls              (cont.)                                          meets land.
Gulf of Sidra               Gulf of Thailand         ARCTIC and
Cape Fria                   Celebes Sea              ANTARCITCA:             All rivers, seas, lakes
                            Annamese Cordillera      Arctic Ocean            etc. should be blue.
SOUTH ASIA:                 Irrawaddy River          North Pole              Labels and borders
Arabian Sea                 Red River                Greenland               should be in ink.
Laccadive Sea               Mekong River             Baffin Bay
Indian Ocean                Salween River            Lincoln Sea             Two maps must have
Bay of Bengal               Borneo Highlands         Greenland Sea           overlays.
Western Ghats               Jaya Peak                Atlantic Ocean
Eastern Ghats               Strait of Malacca        Bering Strait           All maps must have a
Deccan Plateau              Arafura Sea              Chukchi Sea             title, legend/key and a
Hindu Kush Mountains        Timor Sea                Laptev Sea              compass, most of the
Indus River                 Pacific Ocean            Denmark Strait          legends and keys will
Krishna River                                        ARCTIC and              be very basic, showing
Ganges River                AUSTRALIA:               ANTARCITCA (cont.)      the line for country
Himalayan Mountains         Great Dividing Range     Ellesmere Island        borders, a symbol for
Mt. Everest                 Nullarbor Plain          Davis Strait            the capitals, a blue line
Mt. Godwin Austen (K2)      Great australian Bight                           for rivers, etc.

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