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Win $250!

Can YOU Find Mapman?

Where did our cartographer go? Draw a map of the mystery location to enter our contest.

Jim McMahon, aka Mapman®, is JS’s cartographer, or mapmaker. He recently visited an ancient rock fortress in South Asia.

With nearly 2 billion people, South Asia is the world’s most densely populated region. About 70 percent of people who live there reside in rural communities and rely on agriculture to make a living. The region is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Droughts, floods, and heat waves have long been common there.

South Asia is also home to a wide range of geographical features, including deserts, rainforests, and glaciers, as well as wild animals, such as elephants, lions, and tigers.

You can learn more about the geography and culture of South Asia by entering our Can You Find Mapman? contest! If you correctly answer the questions at right, figure out Mapman’s final destination, and draw a map of the country where it’s located, you could be chosen as one of our winners.

The grand-prize winner will receive $250! (Your teacher will also win $250.) Twenty-five runners-up will each get a Mapman T-shirt.

All entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2020. Good luck!

Entry Form & Contest Rules

Click here to download the contest entry form. You can also check out winning entries from previous years by clicking here.

Map Skills

Jim McMahon/Mapman®

1. Mapman began his trip in Kolkata. What is that city’s former name?

2. Then he traveled about 150 miles northeast to Dhaka, which is the capital of which country?

3. Next, he sailed up the Ganges toward its source. The river begins on the Indian side of which mountain range?

4. From there, he traveled about 2,700 kilometers south to a capital located at approximately 6°N, 80°E. What is the name of that city?

5. When Mapman arrived at 8°N, 81°E, his final destination, he climbed to the top of a rock fortress to see the remains of a palace that was built in the 5th century a.d. Known in English as Lion Rock, it is a World Heritage site that belongs to which country?

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