Spatial Association Lab

Geographers are trained to think geographically....to think spatially by
looking for patterns,
looking for distributions,
looking for relationships

in a spatial way.

The purpose of this lab exercise is to get you to "think spatially" by analyzing the spatial patterns and distributions which occur on a series of maps. Your task is to figure out what the maps represent. Below are six agricultural maps which show where various crops and animals are raised in the United States.

Look at each map, comparing its unique spatial characteristics to all the others. Below the six maps are six map titles. Your task is to match the titles to the maps. First, browse through the maps and the titles. Then follow the directions in the next paragraph.

ASSIGNMENT: Six map titles are on the left side of the page. Your task is to match the titles to the maps and write a one paragraph justification for each title selection. Think geographically and try to describe the spatial characteristcs of the map in addition to the process you used to solve this problem. To view a sample paragraph for a map showing the distribution of apples, click HERE.

MAP TITLES

MILK COWS

HOGS AND PIGS

Map 1 Map 2 Map 3

SOYBEANS

WHEAT

COTTON

SORGHUM

Map 4 Map 5 Map 6

This assignment is due at the beginning of the next class period. Please type your paper using a basic font (Times, Helvatica, etc.) with 12pt type. Place your assignment in the box on the table when you come to class.