|WHAT IS A MAP?
A map is a picture or representation of
the Earth's surface, showing how things are related to each other by
distance, direction, and size. Maps are a way of showing many things
about a portion of the earth's surface on a flat piece of paper that
can be carried and transported easily. A map is not a photograph of
the Earth's surface. It can show many things that a picture cannot
show, and as a result, a map looks different in many ways from a
photograph of the Earth's surface.
Maps have been used for centuries. A person who
creates map as a profession is called a cartographer.