Sunday, 20 September 2015

Who Decides What Names Go On A Map?

image credit National Geographic

Would a place by any other name smell as sweet? Maybe. But how would you find it on a map? The U.S. Board of Geographic Names has spent the past 125 years making sure that's not an issue.

By standardizing place names on government maps, it eliminates problems that arise from inconsistencies and redundancies - a boon to mapmakers and map-readers alike.

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