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GEOGRAPHY 101 UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI FALL 2007 TOPIC 2 – MAPS AND GLOBES: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE WORLD Maps and globes are tools of geographic communication. We use them to describe the physical and cultural characteristics of places and their spatial relationships in terms of location, distance, and direction. Maps and globes are simplifications of the real world and are therefore prone to distortion and inaccuracy. They are also an example of a specialized symbolic “language” used to rapidly communicate complex relationships, such as contour lines on a topographic map. T OPIC G OALS Know the differences between maps and globes Appreciate the inherent problems involved in depicting the three-dimensional world on two-dimensional maps Locate and describe a place using the Global Grid System Understand how “scale” is used in mapping and know the difference between “large-” and “small-scale” maps Be able to interpret and use a topographic map
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