29. Berkeley Pit

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

    Wonderfully important story, and clearly presented.

    But the story is incomplete. Consider telling the viewer who, if anyone, is working on solutions. If someone is, what are the solutions? If no one is, what steps are local, state or federal governments entertaining? Nothing? Are they aware of the problem?

    You’ve presented the immediate situation very well, but the ramifications and the actors need to be presented!

  • Monika Roy

    This story definitely grabs my attention, and the maps really tell the story of how close the lake is reaching the critical water table level. My main comments are on your text to make it more readable:
    -Move the comma after Earth Day to after 1982 (or put another comma after 1982)
    -Make your tenses consistent. Ex: Change “It rose….” to “It is rising approximately 1 foot each month”
    -I think you can take out the 2nd sentence and to put the focus more on the open pit mining.

  • change the color (form blue to toxic) and add a “number” of how many people/cows could die from the volume…

  • Alka Ramnath

    Simple but extremely effective presentation.
    I agree, change the colour of the rising water to that of a poisonous colour.
    Should “critical water level” appear on the 1987 and 1995 maps as well?
    Apologies as I may be misreading something: the text states that the water is now within 150 feet of the water table. However, on the 2016 map, 5400 – 5310 = 90. Am I misreading something?

  • Danilo Pereira Sato

    A very interesting story, I do not have any comments I would add besides the others.

  • Mag Surround

    daer mapper, why not stick to a simle greyscale mode with some highlihgts in red? it would make your page much stronger. best, magnificent surroundings