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Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Automated Cartography: Auto-Carto Six

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Ottawa, Canada

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Most geographic information systems reference data using coarse grid cells or explicitly encode areas using high resolution coordinates. In certain circumstances it is more efficient to reference data solely in terms of the topological relationships among data entities. This approach, however, does not provide for adequate map display of data. If at least one of the types of entities in a database is geocoded, even if very coarsely, then it may be practical to display other data with respect to these coordinates. An approach has been implemented in which chains of centroids of United States Public Land Survey sections are enhanced through fractalization to provide thematic maps of streams.

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©1983 by the Steering Committee of the Canadian National Committee for the Sixth International Symposium on Automated Cartography. All rights reserved. This book or parts thereof may not be reproduced in any form without permission of authors of papers, and acknowledgement of the Editor and publishers of the Proceedings.

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