39. Water as a Weapon of War in the ISIS Conflict in Iraq and Syria

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?
  • sarah dorrance

    This map is easy to understand and read and is quite informational. I like that the surrounding countries are shown, it gives a nice sense of perspective.

    Mosul Dam remove ‘scenario’ possibly use ‘concern’ in its place, or say…. ‘stopped, or that the dam wall could be breached’…….’.

    I notice that the US took control of Haditha Dam. Who controls Haditha Dam currently? The statement saying the US did it to ‘protect’ seems a bit US slanted. I would remove ‘to keep it from being destroyed’, as a way to lessen the slant or say ‘The US captured Haditha Dam in 2003.’ and follow it with your next sentence.

    Star in red circle missing or just star is missing from legend.
    It might be nice to have a clearer(darker) boundary line between Syria and Iraq.

    This is purely personal, but I would use another color, make it smaller, show another direction, or remove the directional symbol altogether.

  • I’d add downstream dependence on those supplies from dam releases, and perhaps how dam levels are higher/lower due to conflict