Atlas of the Columbia River Basin: An interactive iBook for iPads

By Students in Computer-assisted Cartography at Oregon State University, 2013

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Also see our Atlas of Infectious Diseases for iPads and iBooks.
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Read more about the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin in a Terra Magazine article.
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Read a scholarly article about e-book atlases for tablet computers and the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin published in the Journal of Maps.
The four chapters of the Atlas of the Columbia River Basin for iPads showcase select aspects of the Columbia River Basin through interactive maps. The first chapter provides a broad yet descriptive overview of the Columbia River Basin. The second chapter illustrates the dramatic geological events that shaped the basin’s diverse landscape. The third chapter explains the rich cultural history of the basin, from the original Native American inhabitants to the Columbia River Treaty. The fourth and final chapter documents recreational and economical land uses within in the basin as well as the history of, and environmental concerns related to, the Hanford Nuclear Site.
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If you don't have an Apple ID, you can download the interactive Atlas of the Columbia River Basin iBook here.
  • Make sure the iBooks app is installed (free download from App Store).
  • Click on the first button below to begin the download.
  • After the download completes, select Open in iBooks
  • The iBooks app will open to Atlas of Infectious Diseases.
  • If you use iOS 7 and iBooks crashes, update the iBooks app.
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The Atlas of the Columbia River Basin was envisioned by a mix of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Computer-Assisted Cartography, a course offered through the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University. The students jointly produced the atlas during the Winter 2013 academic term.

About the Atlas

The Atlas of the Columbia River Basin explores new technology for constructing, designing, and formatting an atlas. It combines traditional cartographic tools—ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop—with interactive features of the iBooks Author application to assemble an educational atlas.