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The Guerrilla Cartography team is back to bring you "Water: An Atlas"
The Guerrilla Cartography team is back to bring you "Water: An Atlas"
335 backers pledged $27,598 to help bring this project to life.

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Guerrilla Cartographers! 

Water: An Atlas was successfully funded and is off to the presses! Learn more about our work, purchase or view our atlases and other map merchandise, and get connected at GuerrillaCartography.org

We're back, and we're at it again! 

From the team that brought you "Food: An Atlas," "Water: An Atlas" is a collection of over 80 maps cooperatively-created by the guerrilla cartography community, a loose band of people who are passionate about geography or water, or both. The atlas endeavors to map water in its myriad contexts and conditions at all scales of research and geography. Dealing with subjects as varied as the location of mythological water creatures, hydroelectric power sources in India, algal growth, and so much more! 

Learn even more about our atlas project at National Geographic

from Pink Salt Lakes by Annaleigh Yahata
from Pink Salt Lakes by Annaleigh Yahata

 

Dam! Now That's Energy by Kamini Iyer
Dam! Now That's Energy by Kamini Iyer

 We also have a great section just for kids from our friends at Mission:Explore

Mission:Explore
Mission:Explore

 

The atlas fuses traditional cartography, poster art, infographics, and journalistic text blocking to create the map as a narrative device. Maps are a fantastic medium for illuminating complicated issues, and water is an exciting and compelling theme to explore. While water is an incredibly important aspect of all our lives, few of us have a comprehensive understanding of current water systems. By exploring and mapping the world of water we are able to gain a better understanding of the role water plays in our lives and our communities, and how it fuels our imagination. The caliber of scholarship and artistry invested in these maps is impressive—they are informative and thought provoking, they are beautiful and they give shape to the world of water.

We are raising $25,000 to fund the printing of our atlas, the sales of which help to fund our ongoing map education and future atlas publications. If we beat our goals, additional funds will be used to support Guerrilla Cartography's activities and mission, including distributing more atlases to schools and libraries around the world.

from Distorted Seas by Benjamin D. Hennig
from Distorted Seas by Benjamin D. Hennig

 JOIN THE COMMUNITY Through this project, a community has been cultivated around the geography of water. We invite you to join the community, by either funding the project and/or submitting a map. We will put you on our collaborators and backers map, which will be published in the atlas! Check campaign updates to find yourself on the map!  

 

Our Growing Global Community!
Our Growing Global Community!

 

Risks and challenges

As a cooperatively-created, crowd-sourced and crowd-funded project of guerrilla cartography and publishing, our atlas provides many opportunities as well as risks. We have identified and considered the risks we can see.

Risk: Crowd-sourced content
Because the project is a collaborative effort by volunteers, there is the risk that not every map currently in the editing process will make it into the atlas. For reasons beyond anyone’s control, one or another map may have to be abandoned. This risk is mitigated by the fact that most of the map content is secured and in final editing.

Risk: Delivering the Product
There is a risk that printing and delivery of the atlas will be delayed by circumstances beyond our control.

This is our second publication and we feel confident that we will deliver as beautiful a product as our first atlas! We recently received a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund that covers part of the cost of publishing "Water: An Atlas" and we look forward to bringing the book to life!

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    GUERRILLA

    Thank you! Your contribution helps make the atlas a reality. We’ll thank you with a big warm shoutout on our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/guerrilla.cartography).

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    SURVEYOR

    Become part of the atlas! We will add your location to the collaborators map inside the atlas. You also get early access to "Water: An Atlas" [The eBook], a complete digital version of the atlas. (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    RESEARCHER

    You get the Surveyor package, PLUS your own copy of "Water: An Atlas", printed in full color and delivered to your door! (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    GEOGRAPHER

    Your package includes all previous rewards, PLUS we’ll donate an atlas to a school, library or community center of your choice! To know that you’re appreciated, we’ll be stamping the inside cover with a handmade stamp: “This atlas was donated by [your name]”. Want more than one book donated? Just add $40 per additional book and choose this reward! (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    CARTOGRAPHER

    A “reprojected” Geographer package; in lieu of the softbound edition, Cartographers receive a limited-production hardbound edition of the atlas—a worthy addition to any social science library! (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    LIBRARIAN

    Grow your atlas collection! All the rewards of the Cartographer package plus we'll send you a copy of "Food: An Atlas" as well. This is the only way to get one of the final copies of "Food: An Atlas!" (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    EXPLORER

    Level up your Cartography mojo. All the rewards of the LIBRARIAN package PLUS hang out with the GC editorial team at our publication party in the San Francisco Bay Area. (You get yourself to the Bay Area, we provide the party, additional fee for international shipping applies)

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    PATRON

    Make more maps! In addition to the EXPLORER rewards (including the publication party) schedule your very own three hour Guerrilla Cartography mapping workshop! This workshop for up to 20 people can be held in person in the San Francisco Bay area, or via Skype. (additional fee for international shipping applies)

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