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Chagos. Archipelago/. Diego Garcia**. Wallis and. Futune Islands. (Fr.) Greenland. (Denmark). Cook. Islands. (N.Z.). MONACO. ESTONIA. - is still used by many online mapping services, such as Google, but it does not represent the earth well on paper. You would not be able. Free pdf world maps to download, physical world maps, political world maps, all on PDF format in A/4 size.
Labels on the map are oriented in such a way that you cannot read them properly unless you put the imperial palace above your head. Indeed, prior to the reintroduction of Ptolemy 's Geography to Europe around , there was no single convention in the West. Portolan charts , for example, are oriented to the shores they describe.
Maps of cities bordering a sea are often conventionally oriented with the sea at the top. Route and channel maps have traditionally been oriented to the road or waterway they describe.
Polar maps of the Arctic or Antarctic regions are conventionally centred on the pole; the direction North would be towards or away from the centre of the map, respectively. Reversed maps , also known as Upside-Down maps or South-Up maps, reverse the North is up convention and have south at the top.
Ancient Africans including in Ancient Egypt utilised this orientation, as some maps in Brazil do today. The resulting triangular pieces may be arranged in any order or orientation. Scale and accuracy[ edit ] Main article: Scale map Many maps are drawn to a scale expressed as a ratio , such as ,, which means that 1 unit of measurement on the map corresponds to 10, of that same unit on the ground.
The scale statement can be accurate when the region mapped is small enough for the curvature of the Earth to be neglected, such as a city map. Mapping larger regions, where curvature cannot be ignored, requires projections to map from the curved surface of the Earth to the plane.
The impossibility of flattening the sphere to the plane without distortion means that the map cannot have constant scale. Rather, on most projections the best that can be attained is accurate scale along one or two paths on the projection.
Because scale differs everywhere, it can only be measured meaningfully as point scale per location. Most maps strive to keep point scale variation within narrow bounds.
Although the scale statement is nominal it is usually accurate enough for most purposes unless the map covers a large fraction of the earth. At the scope of a world map, scale as a single number is practically meaningless throughout most of the map.
Instead, it usually refers to the scale along the equator. Cartogram: The EU distorted to show population distributions as of Some maps, called cartograms , have the scale deliberately distorted to reflect information other than land area or distance. For example, this map at the right of Europe has been distorted to show population distribution, while the rough shape of the continent is still discernible. Another example of distorted scale is the famous London Underground map.
The basic geographical structure is respected but the tube lines and the River Thames are smoothed to clarify the relationships between stations. Near the center of the map stations are spaced out more than near the edges of map.
Further inaccuracies may be deliberate. For example, cartographers may simply omit military installations or remove features solely in order to enhance the clarity of the map. For example, a road map may not show railroads, smaller waterways or other prominent non-road objects, and even if it does, it may show them less clearly e. Known as decluttering, the practice makes the subject matter that the user is interested in easier to read, usually without sacrificing overall accuracy. In AUTO the degree of decluttering is adjusted as the user changes the scale being displayed.
Main article: Map projection Geographic maps use a projection to translating the three-dimensional real surface of the geoid to a two-dimensional picture. Projection always distorts the surface. There are many ways to apportion the distortion, and so there are many map projections. Which projection to use depends on the purpose of the map. Symbology[ edit ] The various features shown on a map are represented by conventional signs or symbols. For example, colors can be used to indicate a classification of roads.
Those signs are usually explained in the margin of the map, or on a separately published characteristic sheet. Named objects make finding a particular one like a river that much faster.
Relevant objects are grouped so selecting a country area will select all areas like islands that belong to that country. Text is real text, with fonts used that are in public domain, or maybe already installed on your computer. Scale your map to any size you want without compromising on quality. A downloadd map package contains several file formats, so it should be no problem editing the map in your favorite vector editing software.
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On the Blog our insights and tips Tune in for all kinds of stories about cartography and graphic design. This map shows many of the features that have shaped--and continue to change--our dynamic planet.
Most new crust forms at ocean ridge crests, is carried slowly away by plate movement, and is ultimately recycled deep into the Earth--causing earthquakes and volcanism along the boundaries between moving tectonic plates. Because continental crust is thicker and less dense than thinner, younger oceanic crust, most does not sink deep enough to be recycled, and remains largely preserved on land. Consequently, most continental bedrock is far older than the oldest oceanic bedrock see back of map.
The earthquakes and volcanoes that mark plate boundaries are clearly shown on this map, as are craters made by impacts of extraterrestrial objects that punctuate Earth's history, some causing catastrophic ecological changes. Over geologic time, continuing plate movements, together with relentless erosion and redeposition of material, mask or obliterate traces of earlier plate-tectonic or impact processes, making the older chapters of Earth's 4,million-year history increasingly difficult to read.
The recent activity shown on this map provides only a present-day snapshot of Earth's long history, helping to illustrate how its present surface came to be. The map is designed to show the most prominent features when viewed from a distance, and more detailed features upon closer inspection.
The back of the map zooms in further, highlighting examples of fundamental features, while providing text, timelines, references, and other resources to enhance understanding of this dynamic planet.