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# Geo skills 2 -parts of a map

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• 1. Map Skills 2—Parts of a Map
• 2. Parts of a Map
• There are many important parts of a map but we will focus on six key features. They are:
• Map Title
• Compass Rose
• Map Key or Legend
• Inset Map
• Locator Map
• Map Scale
• 3. Map Title
• The Map Title tells you what the map is about…
• 4. Compass Rose
• A compass rose shows directions. It actually has 32 points but we most commonly see them with four or eight points. The term &quot;rose&quot; comes from the figure's compass points resembling the petals of the well-known flower.
• 5. Map Key or Legend
• The objects on a map are represented using symbols . A symbol is a picture on the map that represents something in the real world. Maps use a key , or legend to explain the meaning of each of the symbols used in the map. These keys usually show a small picture of each of the symbols used on the map, along with a written description of the meaning of each of these symbols.
• 6. Inset Maps
• An Inset Map is a more detailed (larger scale) representation of a specific area on a map usually placed in an uncluttered portion of the same sheet as the smaller scale main map.
• 7. Locator Map
• A locator map is a bit like an inset map, but it is intended to put the main map into the context of the world. It is usually seen as a globe or a continent with a highlighted area.
• 8. Map Scale Maps are made to scale. The map scale explains the ratio of distances on a map to distances on the ground. For example, 1cm on a map might equal 100km on the ground.