Map skills


Using an atlas

Latitude is horizontal (fatitude)

Longitude is vertical (long and thin)

Give latitude first when writing coordinates

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Types of map

Relief map - has contours which show how far above sea level you are

Thematic map(think 'themes') - Shows desert, what naturally grows, forests, polar, where people live, etc

Ordnance survey map - Has EVERYTHING: contours, telephone boxes, railways...

Road map - Has roads, museums, airports, like a map of man made things

Physical map - Rivers, mountains, lakes; natural landmarks

Political maps - countries

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Compass points

There are 16 compass points. 

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