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Lake Map Progress

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Esau Casetta

This year I am continuing my biggest ongoing project, the Camp Phillips lake study.  I have made several different lake maps; a map showing all of the points at which I collected data while out in the boat, a professional style contour depth map, and an aerial photograph of the lake showing the depths in different colors. To make the maps complete, I will use Photoshop to add a key, compass, scale, and small paragraph describing exactly what the map shows and who created it.  After this little bit of fine tuning I will be ready to show all of the maps to the Boy Scout Council of Camp Phillips.
After I have completed making and presenting the maps, I will write a big research paper about everything I have done. The paper will explain the origins of the project, what we learned from all of the water tests, and the map making process.  Given the enormity and extensiveness of this project, it has taken tons of time. To me all the time and effort I put in is completely worth it because it is something I have always been interested in, it relates to my future career plans, and I am gaining tons of knowledge and experience. My research paper will most likely be the last project I finish before graduation.


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