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This Map will be published together with an article on deforestation in an western Madagascar primary forest complex. This is only an first version as my co-writer will prepare the final report during the next weeks.
Any input is welcome.

http://wygoda.net/~c/overview_map.pdf
http://wygoda.net/~c..._no_landuse.pdf

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Hi - what is it that you want to communicate with this map? To me it feels like it should be opposite instead, with a detail of the analysis area (I would rather see forest cover, than shaded relief - bring out that landcover map!) and an inset detail of the whole of Madagascar. I can't imagine it being that relevant for the article what the general topography of Madagascar looks like, or where the major cities are...
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One quick comment - it would appear that the city points are below the lines layers.

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Hi,

there will be a deforestation map (which can not yet be published) which shows a time series of clear cuts from 1992-2008 using different shades of red. This map is intended to give a "location" as not many people outside of the two involved research institutions will know where this forest is (this was a request from the main author)
I'll look into the layer order and check for the cities. Once I have clearance for the main result map that one will be shared too.

For now I think I'll head out on my bike and enjoy some of that precious sun outside!
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On first glance at the inset map I thought I was looking at an island just east of some coast. I think the figure/ground threw me off. The white ocean seems to stand out more than the gray land.
I don't think you need 4 lines from the inset map to its location on the main map. Also, it looks funny that the lines go under the yellow/orange locator box.

On the main map I think you could lighten up both the terrain and the heavy black borders/coastline quite a bit and get rid of the rectangular masks for the interior labels.

The north arrow doesn't actually indicate which way is north.

p.s. I didn't even "get" that there was landuse showing on the map - is it the greenish and tannish colors? If so, I think that's not clear. I think the hillshade definitely needs toning down, some of the shadows are very dark. The landuse is very subtle and gets lost in the hillshade.
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