Atlas of the Polar Regions: An interactive iBook for iPads

By Students in the Computer-assisted Cartography course at Oregon State University, 2015

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The Atlas of the Polar Regions provides a visual and interactive representation of the most remote, mysterious regions of the planet—the poles. Exploring a variety of different perspectives, ranging from physical to chemical, economic to cultural, the atlas draws upon knowledge and data from a multitude of disciplines to create a wholesome portrayal. The nine chapters include a variety of interactive maps and figures used to investigate pertinent topics, with many focusing on emerging trends related to climatic change. The first chapter describes global processes that affect both poles, the next four chapters visit the North Pole and surrounding Arctic region, and the the last four chapters examine the Antarctic continent and the South Pole.
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If you don’t have an AppleID, you can download the atlas iBooks file 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.


The Atlas of the Polar Regions 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 2015 academic term, and a group of four students improved this first version during the Spring and Summer terms 2015.

About the Atlas

The Atlas of the Polar Regions 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.