Title: Gulf of St. Lawrence
Map Extent: Gulf of St. Lawrence region
Map Scale: ~1:5,000,000
Page Size (w x h): 11 x 8.5 inches (~28 x 22 centimeters)
Map Category: Locator Map
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|Creating stacked scale bars with different units of measure|
|Labeling cities along coasts|
|Symbolizing city points|
|Shifting city point symbols to avoid symbols of other features|
|Labeling marine water bodies|
This map was originally created for an Esri tutorial on how to publish a map to ArcReader. The intent was to produce a locator map for ArcReader that could be used on a website or in a publication about the Gulf of St. Lawrence region. Because this is a locator map, the intent was to show the major geographic features of the area but not to place emphasis on any one theme. This map shows the major settlements, roads, rivers, shorelines, and political boundaries in the Gulf of St. Lawrence region. Although it is important on locator maps to keep the visual impression on one hierarchical plane, adding some visual hierarchy within themes helps the map reader distinguish features based on type or size. For example, different types of roads were shown using symbols with different line weights and colors. To depict cities of different sizes, we varied the size and colors of the point symbols.
We knew that the reader would be able to zoom and pan the map to see its details, so we were able to provide detailed coastlines and text as small as 6.0 points. We were required to create the map using widely available data, so we used the Esri Data & Maps dataset.