Types of maps

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Identifies the different types of maps used in Middle School Social Studies

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Types of maps

  1. 1. Types of Maps Social Studies 2014-2015
  2. 2. What are maps used for?  In geography, maps are one of the most important tools used to examine either the entire Earth or a specific part of it. Simply defined, maps are pictures of the Earth's surface. They can be general references and show political boundaries and the locations of cities, landforms, water, or very specific topics such as the average rainfall or the distribution of a certain disease throughout a county.  Taken from: http://geography.about.com/od/understandmaps/a/map-types.htm
  3. 3. Political maps  Political Maps - do not show physical features. Instead, they show state and national boundaries and capital and major cities
  4. 4. Examples of political maps
  5. 5. More examples
  6. 6. Physical Maps  Physical Maps illustrate 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 usually used at lower elevations, and orange or brown show higher elevations.
  7. 7. Examples of physical maps
  8. 8. More examples
  9. 9. What kind of map is…
  10. 10. What about this one?
  11. 11. What types of maps are these?
  12. 12. Economic/Resource Maps  Economic or Resource Map: An economic or resource map shows economic activity or natural resources in an area.
  13. 13. Economic Map of Brazil
  14. 14. More resource maps
  15. 15. Historical Maps  A historical map shows locations, events, or points of interest for a specific time in history. They may also focus on a geographical location.
  16. 16. Historical map of U.S. Exploration
  17. 17. More historical maps

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