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Well, well! From *Nice News* 1/25/23

“With GPS in our cars and on our smartphones, gone are the days of massive paper maps directing us where to go — or so we thought. Those old foldable maps are actually making a comeback, and not just among the older generations that grew up with them.

“The Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain, saw a 144% increase in sales in 2020 compared to the year before, a spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal. And AAA said it produced 123% more maps in 2022 than 2021, a boost the organization noted is being driven by millennials and Gen Zers.

“Though apps like Google Maps are surely convenient, there are a few downfalls to digital navigation, the first being that a cellphone battery can die. The apps are also driven by artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to take you to your destination in the fastest way possible, meaning you can miss out on scenic views and the expertise of a cartographer-drawn map.

“‘Search and rescue teams use my maps, because they know if I haven’t been on every foot of the trail, I’ve double- and triple-checked and made sure that the information is correct,’ said Tom Harrison, who makes waterproof and tear-resistant maps of California and Hawaii. So next time you’re on a road trip or a hike, consider picking up a paper map and taking the long way.”

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LOVE IT!!! Love maps in general, and I can recommend this book https://books.google.com/books/about/On_the_Map.html?id=DCqbHd2KcBAC As we continue to use self-centric GPS, it will be interesting to see what becomes of map knowledge. How wonderful that the work of cartographers over the ages was confirmed by views from space!! How did they do it??!

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