In a single volume, here is everything you need to know to read a map, plus information on why maps are created, who created them in the past, who is making maps now, what instruments and techniques are used, and what we can learn from studying them. Over 350 entries, arranged alphabetically and thoroughly cross-referenced, look at the discovery, exploration, and mapping of each region of the world. Profiles of famous explorers and mapmakers are included, and the terminology of cartography is explained in entries throughout. Nautical maps, historical maps, meteorological maps, even mental maps are defined and described in natural and easy-to-understand language, illustrated by photographs, drawings, diagrams, projections, and ancient and modern maps from all over the world. There has never been a book like this one. It links together history, geography, and economics in an entertaining and informative text and serves as a "road map" to further exploration and study. For ages 10-adult cartography, nautical maps, hsitorical maps, meterlogical maps, and even mental maps are defined and described in natural and easy-to-understand language. Photographs, drawings, diagrams, projections, and ancient and modern maps illustrate the articles.