17. Water Sources and Uses on Individual and Common-Use Properties

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?
  • Chuck Clark

    Lovely map.

    For my colorblind eyes the green for the common use area does not show up well. Seems like it could be a bit darker and not overwhelm the fine line work of the “pipes or tubes”.

    The title for the peer-review page is misleading because it omits the name of the village (Talea de Castro). Consider changing the title to, say, “Water Sources and Uses on Individual and Common-use Properties in Talea de Castro, Mexico.”

    The name of the village (VILLA TALEA DE CASTRO) on top of the village itself confuses things visually. Consider moving this callout up to the text that describes it in detail (at the middle top, right) and adding another of your well-placed and sized arrows to the town border wall.

  • sarah dorrance

    I really like topographical maps, this is a very easy to read and a nicely put together map. 1st sentence the word ‘blessed’ seems not correct, could be fortunate. Remove ‘generally’. I would change the color of the shallow well as i found it a bit difficult to differentiate from the natural spring (on the legend, not on the map itself) or make the center black dot larger. I like the river running behind the words.

  • Jonny Jew

    I really love the subject matter and I can tell there is a lot of research taht has gone into putting this together. There is so much information to absorb I could really spend some time looking at the map.

    One thing that would help me is a clearer hierarchy of labels. It is a little unclear whether the entire colored region is Talea do Castro or whether is is just the village in the northwest (or 2 entities by the same name) It is easy to identify water as blue and geographic objects in brown, but It is less clear what Zudoh, Lachi Bee, Yag Brubh, etc refer to. In such a small area I doubt they are more hamlets, depending on what they are it may be worth removing the labels to clean up the map.

    I love the the anecdotal stories that you included in blue. It really helps make the information more relatable. Placing the text spatially close to the area they refer to makes it easy let your eyes roam across the map and take more in.

  • would be nice (but hard perhaps) to show more than just color for impact of use, e.g., area irrigated or people drinking from…

  • Perrine Laroche

    I think this map is really cool, it gives the feeling to learn secretly about the story of this village!
    I agree with the need to clarify what the “names” in brown and black scattered on the map mean. For instance, what is Santa Getrudis, and why are its “partly constructed springs” colored diferently (white)? Finally, I wondered if I was right to think that the white perimeter in the middle corresponds to the administrative boundaries of Talea de castro?