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Drawing Sketch Maps of O.S. Maps and Aerial Photographs

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Leaving Certificate Geography: Drawing Sketch Maps

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Drawing Sketch Maps of O.S. Maps and Aerial Photographs

  1. 1. MAP AND PHOTO SKILLS SKETCH MAPS LEAVING CERTIFICATE GEOGRAPHY Miss O’ Connor
  2. 2. IMPORTANT Always, always, always use graph paper for drawing sketch maps of O.S. maps or aerial photographs.
  3. 3. DRAWING A SKETCH MAP OF AN O.S. MAP  Drawing a sketch map to half scale. Use your ruler – measure the length and breadth of the map. Divide these figures by 2 and draw your sketch map to that size. • MEASURE FROM HERE • Not from here
  4. 4. EXAMPLE  24cm ÷ 2 = 12cm  18cm ÷ 2 = 9cm  Your sketch map will measure 12 cm x 9 cm.  Your sketch map must be the same shape as the O.S. map in front of you. E.g. this map is portrait so your sketch map must be portrait. 24 cm 18 cm
  5. 5. CHECKLIST FOR DRAWING A SKETCH MPA OF AN O.S. MAP: 1. Give your sketch map a title. 2. Include a map legend. 3. Include a scale. All O.S. maps for Ireland are 1:50,000. You will almost always be asked to draw a sketch map to half scale. This means that your scale will be 1: 100,000. 4. Include a north arrow. North is always pointing upwards on an O.S. map for Ireland. 5. Only include the features that you have been asked to include. 6. If there is a coastline, include the coastline.
  6. 6. EXAMPLE OF AN O.S. SKETCH MAP:
  7. 7. DRAWING A SKETCH MAP OF AN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH: CHECKLIST 1. Give your sketch map a title. 2. No need to include north arrow. 3. Do not include scale (scale is not given for aerial photographs). 4. Frame of sketch map must be same shape as photograph (portrait or landscape). 5. Insert coastline, skyline or horizon if they appear in the photograph. 6. Draw the outline or boundary of each feature asked for and only include the features you are asked for. 7. Label each feature or include a map legend.
  8. 8. EXAMPLE OF A SKETCH MAP OF AN AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH

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