Three Dimensional Map Construction, 1966: Population density in central Kansas
3D mapping was another staple of Jenks’ research. From the mid-1960s until the end of his academic career, Jenks refined 3D mapping techniques, first by hand and later using computers. He recognized the potential of representing spatial phenomena in three dimensions, running many experiments and publishing many papers exploring the issue. One publication, “Three Dimensional Map Construction” (1966), remains highly recognizable within cartographic circles, and contains one of Jenks’ most famous maps, featured here.