Student Projects/Classification of Maps
Maps are a representation of the Earth on a piece of paper. These is done by some symbols. Maps are classified based on scale, content and derivation.
Classification : edit
- Based on scale maps are classified as small-scale maps and large-scale maps.
- Based on content maps are classified as Atlas, Wall Maps, Topographical, Cadastral Maps, Physical and Cultural maps.
The word atlas was first used by a German-Flemish geographer in 1595.
He used this name in his map book as a respect to the King of Mauretania – Atlas who was known as the first great geographer.
It is known as the collection of all maps of the earth.
Wall maps: edit
The name itself suggests that this map is used for reference and hung on walls. These maps are available in various sizes, shape, color.
Topographical sheets: edit
These maps represent the relief features like height of mountains etc. using contour lines.
Cadastral maps: edit
The maps which are created with exact dimensions for administration or for real estate or real-properties known as Cadastral maps.
Physical maps: edit
The map which shows the physio-graphic features of Earth such as mountains, plains, plateaus, desert etc.
Cultural maps: edit
The maps which are created for preserving cultural diversity are known as cultural maps. These are used for various research purposes and as a tool.