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Maps & Geo Tools

Types of maps and the geographer's tools

What are physical features? Things made by nature
What does a physical map show? Natural features like deserts and mountains
What does a political map show? Country boundaries and major cities
What does a population density map show? Average number of people per square mile
What does an economic map show? Natural resources and land use
What does a climate map show? Average temperatures and precipitation in an area
What are the strengths and weaknesses of maps? Strength: Can show great detail; can be large-scale or small-scale Weakness: Shapes of continents get distorted
What is distortion, and why does it happen? Distortion is when the shapes of places on a map are not accurate. This happens because the earth is a sphere and a map is flat.
What are some of the different types of satellites? Weather, GPS, Communication, Photography
What is a Geographic Information System (GIS)? A computer database that shows information on maps that can be LAYERED together to help people make decisions.
What does a topographic map show? Shows how high or steep the land is an area
What is the difference between large-scale and small-scale? Large-scale is more "zoomed in" on a place. Small-scale is more "zoomed out."
Created by: lisalunn



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