The Arctic and Antarctica - A pair of pictorial maps for children, showing the polar regions

The Arctic and Antarctica

A pair of pictorial maps for children, showing the polar regions.

A closer look at the Antarctic Peninsula.

A closer look at the Antarctic Peninsula.

Parts of Greenland and the Queen Elizabeth Islands.

Parts of Greenland and the Queen Elizabeth Islands.

The Arctic and Antarctica

Client: Weldon Owen

These maps, produced for a children's book, utilise illustrative symbols to emphasise the importance of these regions as both wildlife havens and, in the case of the Arctic, the location of large mineral reserves.

The colours used on this map have been chosen to reflect the extreme temperatures found in these regions. The spread of the snow and winter pack-ice has been shown at its fullest extent to further emphasise the severity of the climate in these areas.

The use of pictorial symbols, as demonstrated on these maps, is a tried and trusted method of engaging the younger reader in a way that traditional abstract symbols are unable to.

Data from the following sources were used in the compilation of this map: Blue Marble: Next Generation: NASA's Earth Observatory; ETOPO2: National Geophysical Data Center; VMAP0: NIMA.

Ed Merritt
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Hello, my name is Ed Merritt. I am a cartographer based in Southampton (UK). I established Merritt Cartographic in 2006.

I am a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, receiving an honours degree in Mapping and Cartography. Having worked in the past for a large publishing company in central London, much of my current work is commissioned for inclusion in reference books. I also produce interactive maps for deployment on websites and in applications as well as products for use on public display panels and signposts. As a freelance cartographer, I have produced custom maps and graphics for a wide range of publishers, charities, media organisations and businesses. My work has been included in books published by Dorling Kindersley, National Geographic, Pearson, Penguin Books, Oxford University Press, Taschen, Laurence King Publishing, Millennium House and Weldon Owen. I've also created maps for a wide range of other companies and charities, including the Royal Horticultural Society, Smithsonian Institution, Best Western, The Greenbrier Companies, Fastmarkets, Bright Horizons and Cycling UK.

I enjoy being creative in my work and like to explore new approaches. As a map-maker, I have a natural tendency to pay attention to detail and also to work hard to ensure that I am being as accurate as I can in the work that I produce.

For more information on how Merritt Cartographic can best assist you with your project, please send me a message or make contact via the information displayed above and throughout the site. I look forward to hearing from you.

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