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Australia is the world’s 6th largest country. Found in the southern hemisphere, this gargantuan land mass has a varied climate and diverse landscapes. But its population is small compared it its size. The settlements are concentrated on the coastal areas and some in the tropical Northern Territory because the climate is very harsh in the center. The  chorochromatic climate map of Australia illustrates these features.  This map is meant to be easily understood since it did not use the Koppen Climate Classification in the legend. As far as balance goes, the map is perfectly centered. And leaving the background white lessens probable confusion.

There is much to say about how the legend was made. First off, it is not easy to assign colors to so many classifications and categories. And the human eye, though theoretically capable of distinguishing millions of hues, can realistically manage reading about six different colors in a map. With this map, however, exceeding that limit was inevitable if the map-maker wanted to portray all climate subcategories. They seemed to assign hues of the same color but with different intensities. The major climate classification had more intense colors while the subcategories are hierarchical except for those in the Temperate category. There is no consistent basis on which the hierarchy is based but a person with some background in climatology would be able to figure it out.

When these colors based on category were manifested in the map, there seems to be a “red hole” in the middle that draws all my attention to it. Bright brick red is not suitable and should have been toned down to some degree or made earthy, especially since it comprises the bulk of the land area. It stands out too much.

Some basic map parts were forgone like the scale, grid lines, labels, direction arrow and source. Placing the Bureau of Meteorology’s logo below was strategically done since it fills a potential void. The six states’ boundaries are not visible also. It was possible to put labels on the states, though, and spatial relations would be easily discernible. Overall, the map was able to demonstrate climatic variations effectively.

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