Why are maps important?

Science for Youth June 03, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Maps represent the real world on a much smaller scale. They help you travel from one location to another. They help you organize information. They help you figure out where you are and how to get where you want to go. There are many types of maps. The kind you use depends on what you want to know. Here are a few examples:

  • Looking for a particular store? A street map will show you roads, their names, and various locations along those roads.
  • Doing a project for a geography class? A topographic map will inform you about land elevations and features.
  • On vacation at a national park? A park map will show you trails, roads, sites of interest, and locations of important buildings such as restrooms.

Whether on a page of paper or on a device that contains GPS technology, maps are important because they help you get around in your daily life. 

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