LETTERS TO THE EDITORS
To the Editors:
In Tim Stallmann’s review of Atlas of Design (January–February), he discusses the continuing need for cartographers. The review includes a beautiful map of the Willamette River, created using LIDAR satellite data.
Satellites can be useful, but cartographers skilled in the pre-satellite era mapmaking practice are still needed. Caves are a case in point: Satellites and GPS devices are useless underground. Our son Brent and his wife, Nancy, are ardent cavers. Nancy was featured in the IMAX film Journey into Amazing Caves. Brent has explored and mapped numerous caves, mostly for the Speleological Society. They find that old-fashioned cartographic methods remain useful for mapping caves.
I concur with Stallmann that we should not close the door on cartographers yet.
Donald B. Aulenbach
Clifton Park, NY
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