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When you have visited all the maps sites, try the Maps Quiz


A map is literally a picture or drawing of a place. Just like photos or drawings of animals, people and other things, a map can be a picture of a place really up close or really far away, but almost always from above the area shown. Pictures can be of different types - photos, watercolors, digital or computer art, 3D, etc.. There are also many types of maps that like a picture, highlight certain features of a place.

All maps have certain characteristics in common. Every map uses symbols. A symbol is a graphic, color dot, line, etc. that stands for something else on a map. The symbols are explained in a map key or map legend.

Google Earth is one of the best resources to view all parts of the Earth and beyond.


To learn some of the different types of maps and map features, click on the following:

Check out several of the map widgets below:







Maps & Globes Home The Earth Land Forms Water Forms
Climate Time Maps Glossary