Chapter 6. Mapping, Directions, and Imagery

Before the dawn of online mapping and imagery services, we were forced to use printed books, such as the National Geographic Atlas of the World, to view the world, and the Rand McNally Road Atlas, to navigate unfamiliar locations. We shared directions to our homes via verbal instructions over the phone or written notes. Businesses distributed directions and small maps in paper brochures via the postal system and in brochure racks. High-resolution satellite imagery was available to a select few governments and largely unavailable to the masses. As a result, your interest in parts of the world, places you wanted to visit, and how you got there was largely a personal matter. Have times changed.

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