Interpretation of Surface Features of Mars as a Function of Its Verbal—Toponymic—and Visual Representation

  • Henrik I. HargitaiEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography book series (LNGC, volume 5)


Does the language of place names affect the interpretation of a planetary map? Is there any consistent change in the reading of a planetary map if the language of descriptor terms is changed from the official Latin to the mother language of the map reader? A survey made at a middle school in Hungary addressed these questions. The method was to collect preconceptions the landscape of Mars, then to show maps in Latin and Hungarian, and again ask the same questions. The results show that there are considerable differences in the two groups.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical GeographyEötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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