14. DAM! Now That’s Energy

Now it’s Your Turn

In the comments, please ask questions or make suggestions that will help the cartographer improve the map. Key things to think about include:

  • Does the map orient the viewer?
  • Does the data tell a story?
  • Does the map support the story being told?
  • Does the map make assumptions?
  • How could the map be more readable?
  • Are there any errors or typos?
  • Aly DeGraff Ollivierre

    I love the simple color scheme, but the contrast is a bit hard on some of the white/pink on pink and dark orange on orange labels. Consider playing around with the contrast or hue for the harder-to-distinguish text. Your dam graphic is beautiful, perfectly simple and clear. Personally, I’m very anti-north-arrow on north-up oriented maps, consider removing it or at least significantly reducing it’s size, particularly because you are just working with India’s country boundary (aka leaning more towards an infographic than a traditional map). I think it would also be valuable to at least throw in labels for the surrounding countries and the water bodies around the edge of the map (but it’s not necessary).

  • Chuck Clark

    That first sentence could be tightened. Instead of:

    “. . . India has a herculean task to meet the ever-growing energy needs of its country.”


    “. . . India has a herculean task to meet its ever-growing energy needs.”

  • sarah dorrance

    I like the colors chosen, they remind me of India. I think to make it easier to read I might change the color of the words to a dark color, maybe dark purple (rather than black). I enjoyed reading this map.

  • David Gibbs

    I like the clean layout but I do agree with other reviewers that some of the contrasts could be sharpened. Also, I would change the sentence “These rivers used for drinking water…” to “Damming these rivers can significantly alter their ability to supply drinking and irrigation water, support fisheries, and provide other ecosystem services, and sometimes results in the displacement of communities.” Also, perhaps rivers with dams could be included on the map to show how many dams are on each river. That would help give a sense of the extent of hydrologic alterations.

  • very confusing colors!