Maps are representations of the world created by experts called cartographers to help other people navigate different places.
Maps contain information tailored to a specific purpose.
- The maps found in a geographical atlas will contain information such as how the land is used, the population density and the political boundaries that exist between regions, states and nations.
- Tourist maps help visitors to find their way about, for example theme parks, zoos and shopping centres.
- Ordnance Survey (OS) maps are often used by hillwalkers and tourists – and you will have to navigate them in your National 5 Geography exam.
There are five things you need to be familiar with to read a map successfully: -
- compass rose
- grid lines
- map key