Parts of a Map

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...