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Parts of a Maps and Types of Maps

Cardinal Directions

North, South, East, and West

Intermediate Directions

Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest

Compass Rose

a drawing on a map that shows direction


tells you have much smaller the distance on a map is compared to the actual distance

Smaller the scale...

the more detail

Map Key/Legend

explains the symbols used on the map

Political Map

shows political boundaries, states, cities, countries, capitals

Physical Map

shows types of landforms and bodies of water found in the area -shows the earth's natural features (i.e. elevation and vegetation)

Thematic Map

shows climate, vegetation, natural resources, population density, economic activity, historical trends, movement, etc...

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