Understanding maps111)Please bring a copy of the video worksheet– environment (on BB) to class.2) You will need itafter the lecture on maps.3) The video worksheet will be on the first test!2Understanding maps3To acquire a working knowledge of:1) what is map (representation)2) the power of maps(map functions)3) how maps work(map elements)4) types of maps5) how to interpret maps(map reading)Learning objectives4Mapsare the ______________ of the geographer.5WhereWhy thereWhy do we careGeography = the study of why of wherethe most powerful tool for displaying “where”Role of mapsTool forrevealing spatial relationshipsb/w various phenomenaHelp to “see” how we are tied to the world as a whole…6Maps affect how we view the world…
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Understanding maps27Maps, by their representative nature, are powerful images& often political…8The nature of mapsA map is a 2-dimensional, scaled-down, graphic representationof earth’s surface.2-D________distortreality to some degree. Why?Scaled-down__________ + ___________Graphicall maps use _________.9What are the common elementsof these two maps?Map reading exercise:Study the two mapson pp.30-31 & pp.48-49in your atlas10Essential map elements1) Title2) Legend3) Scale4) Direction5) Location6) Projection7)Data source8)Date of publication11What is this a map of?12What’s the East-West distance of this country, roughly?