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Different Types of Maps

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Connie Fink

on 11 September 2016

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Transcript of Different Types of Maps

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Different Types of Maps
Topographic Maps
contour lines
to show the
shape and elevation
of an area. Lines that are close together indicate steep terrain, and lines that are far apart indicate flat terrain.
Population Maps
Shows how many people are in a region. Also, it is meant to show the density of people in a specific area compared to other.
Physical Maps
Shows the
physical features
of an area, such as the mountains, rivers and lakes. The water is usually shown in blue. Colors are used to show relief—differences in land elevations. Green is typically used at lower elevations, and orange or brown indicate higher elevations.
Political Maps
Do not show physical features. Instead, they show state and national
, capital and major cities. A capital city is usually marked with a star within a circle.
Political Map
Physical Map
Climate Map
Topographic Map
Shows the type of natural resources or economic activity that dominates an area. Cartographers use symbols to show the locations of natural resources or economic activities. For example, oranges on a map of Florida tell you that oranges are grown there.
Economic or Resource Maps
Economic & Natural Resources
U.S. Population
Climate Maps
Gives general information about the climate and precipitation (rain and snow) of a region.
, or mapmakers, use colors to show different climate or precipitation zones.
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