Reading and Interpreting Maps Flashcards

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What is a physical map?

A physical map displays natural features such as ecosystems, rivers, canals, mountains, hills, and the land’s relief.

What is a human map?

A human map shows features created by humans, including transport routes, population distribution, borders and settlements.

What are grid references used for?

Grid references are used to identify specific locations on a map using a grid system with eastings (horizontal lines) and northings (vertical lines).

What is the difference between large-scale and small-scale maps?

Large-scale maps (e.g., 1:1,250) show detailed views of small areas, while small-scale maps (e.g., 1:25,000) cover larger areas with less detail.

How do contour lines indicate steepness on a map?

When contour lines are close together, they indicate steep terrain; when spaced further apart, they suggest gentle slopes.

What is a spot height on a map?

A spot height is a point marked on a map to indicate the elevation of that specific location above sea level.

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