What Are Spatial Skills?

Spatial skills are mental processes that allow us to visualize an image in our head and manipulate it. These skills are used in many daily activities such as writing, building, hiking, video games and organizing tasks or objects. When you look at a map and visualize the path you must take, you are using spatial skills. Spatial skills can be increased through training. Playing video games, drawing, memory games or games that require reconstructing objects can increase your spatial skills. Spatial ThinkingWe use spatial skills to to a variety of mental tasks, like completing figures, such as graphs or models, visualizing patterns and identifying shapes. Spatial thinking also plays a role in

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I'm trying to produce a nice bubble plot overlaid on top of a basemap of the US (i could import a shapefile if that is preferred but i've been using the R basemaps.

myData =

Using this code below, that i adapted from another stack overflow post (Create bubble plot in R using satellite map), i am able to overlay a bubble plot on a map of the US. However this renders very slowly, the extent is too tight, it is bounded in a box, i'm not able to add other layers to the plot from what i can tell, and the base map is thick and not visually clean.

xy <- myData[,c("long", "lat")]
nl <- getData('GADM', country="USA", level=1) #raster data, format
nl <- gSimiplify(nl, tol=0.01, topologyPreserve=TRUE)
# coercing the polygon outlines to a SpatialLines object
spl <- list("sp.lines", as(nl, "SpatialLines"))
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coordinates(myData) <- c("lat", "long")
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coordinates(SPDF)[1:5,] #retrieves spatial coordinates form the
bubble(SPDF, "pop", sp.layout=spl, main="This is It!")

I can draw a nice basemap using this code. I add points to the map but they are not sized by the pop column in my data. And i can add additional layers to this map. But can i control the size of the points and the symbol itself like i can using a bubble plot?

map(database= "world", ylim=c(45,90), 
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    fill=TRUE, projection="gilbert", 
    orientation= c(90,0,225))

coord <- mapproject(myData$lon, myData$lat,
proj="gilbert",orientation=c(90, 0, 225))
points(coord, pch=20, cex=1.2, col="red") 

Can anyone please guide me towards the best way to plot a bubble map in R where i can adjust the fill and outline of the symbols in the bubble map, And i can add a clean basemap, that i can a) control the colors of (fill and lines) and b) add additional layers to (for instance another shapefile layer).

Thank you in advance for any advice.

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