Hiking Map for The Martian?

GEOGRAPHY

The British mapping agency has released an easy-to-read terrain map of The Martian astronaut Mark Watney’s home-away-from-home. (BBC)

Play our genuinely fun game to explore Mars with a more basic map.

Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a map of Mars—and a map of The Martian.

Click to enlarge! This spectacular map of Mars covers about 10 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles), or about 7% of the Martian surface. Zoom in to an even bigger version here. Map by Ordnance Survey. CC-BY-NC-2.0

Click to enlarge! This spectacular map of Mars covers about 10 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles), or about 7% of the Martian surface. Zoom in for an even bigger version here.
Map by Ordnance Survey. CC-BY-NC-2.0

Discussion Ideas

  • The new map of Mars was created by the British Ordnance Survey. What does the Ordnance Survey normally do?
    • The Ordnance Survey is nothing less than “Britain’s mapping agency.” The Ordnance Survey has its roots in military mapping—ordnance is explosive ammunition—but today is one of the world’s most prolific cartographic agencies, producing maps for business, leisure, and education. (Teachers, it’s a great resource!)

 

 

  • What does the map’s coloration indicate?
    • Colors correspond to different elevations on Mars. The greenish color indicates low valleys or gorges, and the purple color indicates high peaks or ridges. The cartographers let us know that the shading is exaggerated between 5 to 50 times.

 

 

 

  • What are the large-type names on the map, such as Arabia Terra, Ares Vallis, or Acidalia Planitia?
    • These are simply big landscape features or general regions on Mars. Arabia Terra is the big region that describes most of the map. Ares Vallis is an outflow channel, or valley carved by fluids (probably water) millions of years ago. Acidalia Planitia is a relatively flat plain.

 

  • What are the small-type names on the map, such as Schiaparelli or Becquerel?

 

 

TEACHERS’ TOOLKIT

BBC: Ordnance Survey releases digital map of Mars surface

Nat Geo: Explore Mars game

Ordnance Survey: Teaching Resources

NASA: MarsTrek—The Martian Path

Andy Weir’s “The Martian” Map

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