|Activity 1: The Components of Maps|
|Information on a map
allows us to
estimate distances, find directions, identify surface features of the land, and locate ourselves. This
information is generally
presented in the
margin of the map (Fig. 1) or in a legend. Data contained in a legend includes the|
These pieces of information make the map readable to the user. Without them, no matter how accurately made, the map would be virtually useless.
Fig. 1. The
components of a U.S.G.S.