Maps and Cartography

Maps and Cartography

34 Pages · 2008 · 5.83 MB · English

(Africa’s Environment and Economy, Student Atlas of World Politics, 2006, Atlas lesson Maps and Cartography: The Elements of a Map, please contact the

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Maps and Cartography Geospatial Resources & Map Collection Maps Tutorial: The Elements of a Map Ball State University Libraries A destination for research, learning, and friends The Map: A Geographer’s Most Important Tool  Maps are important in geography because they show how different features are related.  Maps are used by various types of people and professions for many different purposes.  All maps, however, share the same common elements. The Elements of a Map  Title  Legend  Scale  Directional Indicator  Inset Maps The Elements of a Map: Title  The most important element of the map for acquiring information efficiently is the title.  The title identifies the map area and the type of map.  Cartographers may list the title simply or artistically.  The title of this bird’s - eye - view map is predominant: Muncie, Indiana, 1884. (Muncie, Indiana, 1884, GRMC, Ball State University Libraries).  Titles of maps typically appear at the top of the map, but not always. (Maine Coast Map , Maine Geographic Bicycling Maps, 1989, GRMC, Ball State University Libraries).  The title of this pictorial map of Indiana was created to match the artistic design of the map. (A Map of Indiana Showing Its History, Points of Interest, 1967, GRMC, Ball State University Libraries).  Another artistically - created map title: A Map of Middle Earth. (A Map of Middle Earth from An Atlas of Fantasy , 1979, J.B. Post, Atlas Collection, Ball State University Libraries).  This festive map title for a map of Hawaii continues the artistic theme: Principal Islands of Hawaii. (Principal Islands of Hawaii, 1973, GRMC, Ball State University Libraries). The Elements of a Map: Legend  Another important feature on a map is the legend or map key.  Information needed to read a map is found in the map legend.  Most maps use symbols or colors to represent different geographic features. The map legend helps determine what the symbols and colors mean.  This is a basic map legend featured on a map of Indiana.

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