Mt. Shasta Map Takes Prize at AAG Meeting
A map created by a student at the University of Nevada, Reno, is to be honored at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. The map, created by Cassie Hansen, details hiking trails, lakes, streams, and roads, as well as climate data for the Mt. Shasta, region.
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Ms. Hansen, who spent over 300 hundred hours on her map, has a degree in Geography and a certificate in GIS from Humboldt State University. She is currently pursing a masters in Physical Geography at the University of Nevada, Reno.
The map, which looks 3D but is actually 2D, received rave reviews from the judges.
“Very accomplished and technically proficient,” stated one judge. “Nicely framed and balanced with the elements around the map supporting but not overcrowding the message.”
The mapping project became “part of a practicum class at HSU, which provides real life Cartographic work for students,” Cassie said. “Other projects that I have worked on in this class are book illustrations and other individual maps.”
Cassie used the California Spatial Information Library (CaSIL) to obtain “data layers” for the map, which were public information.
She used several software programs to create it, including ArcGIS, Natural Scene Designer, and Adobe Illustrator.