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Hello wonderful cartotalkers,

It's been quite some time since I've played on cartotalk, so I thought I should take a moment to share my most recent map with y'all. I created this map for a new science publication that will be coming out for the sound very soon. There was a very limited budget, so I did the best I could with the time that I had (don't we always!).

Most of it was hand done (color ramps, etc.), but sadly I didn't have enough time to create my own symbology. I'm still waiting for the day when I finally do...

Be well!

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Beautiful as usual Analisa! I even like how you've expanded BC to include Yukon... ;)

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Hi Annalisa,

Very nice map! I really like the colors. Even though the geographic area displayed is rather small, I still get the sense that Alaska is a vast place. Your map makes me want to go explore all of those huge glaciers.

Your index map shows the area of interest with a northeast orientation, but the north arrow still points north. I'm assuming that this is because the two maps are in different projections, but it lends to some confusion. I'm not saying that this is the wrong approach. I don't actually know what the standard cartographic approach for this is. I guess I'm really asking what the best method is to address inset maps at high latitudes like this one.

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Nice work, though I was a little bothered by the same issue on the inset. Maybe the box isn't angled quite right. Actually, I'm not sure the north arrow is correct. Looking at the national forest boundaries, it seems like the main map is tilted a couple degrees.
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Nice map overall, nice color palette on the shading, I like the creamy glaciers! Here's what I see edit wise:

River stroke color and lake fill colors don't match.

River lines could be simplified a little.

Roads to Valdeez and Cordova get lost in the topography, try a darker stroke.

Inset frame is a slightly different color from main frame even though they are coincident at the upper left corner.

If it were me I would add a very simple N arrow to the inset to distinguish its rotation from the main map.

The Misc. items (earthquake and Valdeez spill) are not tied together as a feature class by symbology or type style. Again, if it were my map I might try using the same font style for these.

Are you finishing this Illustrator? If so custom symbology on the fly should be a breeze.

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Love it!
(love Alaska too!)
Love your application of that shade of blue most of all
Jean-Louis Rheault
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