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Featured Maps! Archipelago

Theme for the week: Archipelago

July 9-27, 2018

Ever want to get away from all the stress of city life?  We’ve gone through our map collection and listed some of the best island chains to escape to.  We’ve got you covered if you want to relax on the beach in sunny Hawaii, or if you are fed up with the 100°F Davis days, you might want to experience the -40°F winters of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

Archipelagos are groups of islands that are isolated in the middle of a larger expanse of water; most likely in the middle of an ocean but they can also be found in the middle of a river or lake.  Archipelagos can either be formed through volcanic activity or by tectonic displacement.  The most common way that they are formed is by tectonic movement over a stationary hot spot which lies beneath the Earth’s crust.  As the tectonic plates move across a hot spot beneath the Earth’s crust, a chain of islands form in a line, creating an archipelago.  This is the way that the archipelago of Hawaii formed.

An interesting side effect of this type of island formation (stationary hot spot and moving tectonic plates) is that it allows us to see exactly how the tectonic plates have been moving for thousands, if not millions of years because the islands act as markers, with each island being created many years and many miles displaced from the island that was formed before it.


Come to the Map Collection and look for this sign:


Zanzibar and Pemba:

Title: Archipelago of Zanzibar: Unguja Island

by Tombazzi, Giovanni (1996)

Call Number: MAP G8442.Z3E635 1996 .T6


Title: Le Monde Malais: (Indonésie. Malaisie. Philippines)

by France, Présidence du Conseil (196-?)

Call Number: G8051.H1 1960 .F7

Title: Carte de la Malaisie ou Grand Archipel d’Asie

by St. Jacques: Thierry (18–?)

Call Number: MAP G8050 1800 .C2 Drawer 1

Title: Republic of the Philippines

by Philippines. Bureau of Coast and Geodetic Survey (1978)

Call Number: MAP G8060 1978 P5

Northern Canada:

Title: Geology of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Northwest Territories and North Greenland

by Ozeck, S. D., Wozniak, P. R. J., Okulitch, A. V. & Geological Survey of Canada (1991)

Call Number: MAP G3532.A7C5 1991 O7


Title: Arquipélago dos Açores

by Instituto Geográfico e Cadastral (Portugal) (1969-1988)

Call Number: MAP G9130.s200 .P6 (Central Group)

Alexander and Aleutian Archipelago, in Alaska:

Title: Alaska Region

by United States Forest Service, Alaska Region (1981)

Call Number: MAP G4371.K1 1981 .U6

Title: Unified ecoregions of Alaska: 2001

by Geological Survey (U.S.). Nowacki, Gregory J. (Gregory Jay); Spencer, Page.; United States. Forest Service.; United States. National Park Service (2003)

Call Number: MAP G4371.D1 2001 G3

Title: Geothermal energy in Alaska and Hawaii

by National Geophysical and Solar-Terrestrial Data Center. Grim, P. J. (Paul J.); Berry, George W.; Geological Survey (U.S.) (1979)

Call Number: MAP G4371.C9 1979 N2


Title: Principal Islands of Hawaii

by Rand McNally and Company & Hawaii, Highways Division (1963)

Call Number: G4380 1963 R2

British Isles:

Title: The British Isles

by Willdey, George, Wychwood Editions (1994)

Call Number: MAP G5741.C1 1969 .D3

Title: The Mountains, Table Lands, Plains & Valleys of the British Isles

by Johnston, A. K. (1870)

Call Number: MAP G5741.C1 1870 .J6 Drawer 1


Title: Reference map of Oceania : the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Polynesia, Melanesia

by Bier, James Allen. University of Hawaii (System) Press. (1995)

Call Number: MAP G9250 1995 B4

Title: Islands of the South Pacific

by New Zealand. Department of Lands and Survey (1974)

Call Number: MAP G9250 1974 N3


Title: Dong hai ji qi ling jin da hai yang di di shi tu

by Zhongguo ke xue yuan. Hai yang yan jiu suo. Di tu chu ban she (1988)

Call Number: MAP G9237.E3 1985 C48

Title: Depth curve chart of the adjacent seas of Japan

by Japan. Kaijō Hoanchō (1952)

Call Number: MAP G9236.C1 1952 J3

Pacific Ocean:

Title: Topography of the North Pacific

by Chase, Thomas E. Menard, Henry W. (Henry William), 1920-1986.; Mammerickx, Jacqueline.; Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Geological Data Center (1971)

Call Number: MAP G9236.C2 1971 C2


Title: Fiji Islands : Scale 1:625,000

by South Pacific Maps Pty. Ltd. (1995)

Call Number: MAP G9380 1995 .S6

New Zealand:

Title: New Zealand

by New Zealand. Department of Tourist and Publicity (1978)

Call Number: MAP G9081.E635 1978 N3

Title: New Zealand, AdventureMap : adventure travel map : protected areas, points of interest, detailed road network, and town location index

by National Geographic Society (U.S.) (2011)

Call Number: MAP G9081.E635 2011 N3

The Bahamas:

Title: Map of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas


Call Number: MAP G4980 1991 M2

Map Collection: Location and Hours

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