Map Symbols

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Map Symbols

  1. 1. Map symbols Click here
  2. 2. What are map symbols? <ul><li>Maps give us a lot of information and there is not much room for labels. </li></ul><ul><li>So we use symbols to save space and make the map easier to read. </li></ul><ul><li>Symbols may be simple drawings, letters, shortened words or coloured shapes or areas. </li></ul>
  3. 3. How can we use them? <ul><li>A map will always have a key to list and explain the meanings of the symbols used. </li></ul><ul><li>It is therefore not necessary for you to learn all the OS symbols as you will have a key. However it will make it quicker if you are familiar with some of the more common ones. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have to draw your own map, you can make up your own symbols – but remember you must provide a key to explain what they are. </li></ul>
  4. 4. OS map symbols <ul><li>The OS has its own set of map symbols, often copied by others. </li></ul><ul><li>These symbols can be grouped into categories like places of interest (usually shown in black), points of interest for tourists (blue), etc. but every map will have a key for reference. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>(Click to find out what) </li></ul>Some map symbols can tell you more than just the location of a feature. For example the following symbols all indicate churches – but each one will tell you a little bit about what the church looks like.
  6. 6. Chapel Church with a tower Church with a steeple Some map symbols can tell you more than just the location of a feature. For example the following symbols all indicate churches – but each one will tell you a little bit about what the church looks like.
  7. 7. <ul><li>Areas of woodland too will tell you what type of trees are to be found. </li></ul><ul><li>Below is the symbol for a mixed woodland, but the trees could be shown as either just coniferous or just deciduous. </li></ul>Coniferous Deciduous
  8. 8. <ul><li>Remember to give as much detail as you can. You might be asked where a certain feature is so be sure you know how to pin point its 6 figure grid reference or the grid square/squares it covers. </li></ul><ul><li>Now try the following short tests. </li></ul>
  9. 9. In order to do the test you will need to see a copy of this map and its key. If you cannot open this as a separate window then print this page out before you go to the second exercise. 2. Click here for map symbol exercise Or click here to return to main menu <ul><li>Check your knowledge of OS map symbols – click here </li></ul>

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