Each chapter of Cartographic Grounds takes a look at a different cartographic technique, illustrated with maps. The ten chapters look at sounding/spot elevation, isobath/contour, hachure/hatch, shaded relief, land classification, figure-ground, stratigraphic column, cross-section, line symbol, and conventional sign. Each technique is illustrated through the use of plans and maps, in all, the book contains 275 pages highlighting each of the cartographic techniques described.
Edited by Harvard professors Jill Desimini and Charles Waldheim, the book pulls examples from a range of cartographers both past and present. Desimini, in an article on Atlas Obscura, explains why good maps are critical visualization products. “Good cartographers do an amazing job of synthesizing an incredible amount of geographical information into an accessible and legible depiction of the surface of the earth. They don’t just see the world; they see the relationship between the visual information offered by the world and the languages used in maps.”