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Class VI - social: Maps
One Word Answer Questions:
Q) What is the art and science of making maps is called?
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Q) What is a collection of maps called?
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Q) What is known as relief map?
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Q) What does Maps tell us?
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Short Answer Questions:
Q) Maps are classified based on 3 main component. What are they?
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Q) What is a physical map?
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Q) What is a thematic map?
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Q) What is a political map?
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Q) What are the differences between a sketch and a plan ?
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Long Answer Questions:
Q) What are the different components of map? Please describe each component?
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Q) What are maps?
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Q) Mention three uses of maps?
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Q) what are the differences between small scale and large scale maps?
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What are Maps?
  • A map is a two dimensional representation of the Earth.
  • Maps can show large amounts of detail.
  • The shapes and sizes of countries get distorted in a map.
  • One can view the entire world at a glance in a world map.
  • Maps can be drawn to show the whole world, or a part of it.
  • It is easy to carry maps.
  • There are different types of maps. A collection of maps is called an atlas.
  • The art and science of making maps is called cartography.
Motions of the Earth
World Atlas
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    Classification of maps

    Maps are classified on the basis of
    (a) scale of the map
    (b) the Content of the map or
    (c) the purpose they serve.

Physical Maps
  • Physical maps show natural features like mountains, plateaus, plains, hill ranges, river, lake, seas and oceans.
  • They are also known as relief maps.
  • Motions of the Earth
    Physical map of India

Political Maps
  • Political maps show cultural features like countries, states, district, cities, towns and villages.
Motions of the Earth
Political map of India

Thematic Maps
  • Some maps focus on specific information; such as roadmaps, rainfall maps, maps showing distribution of forests, industries etc. are known as thematic maps.
  • Suitable titles are given on the basis of information provided in these maps.
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Thematic Map

The Components of a Map

There are three Components of Maps - distance, direction and symbol.

  • Maps are drawings, which reduce the entire world or a part of it to fit on a sheet of paper. Or we can say maps are drawn to reduced scales. But this reduction is done very carefully so that the distance between the places is real.
  • It can only be possible when a small distance on paper represents a large distance on the ground.
  • Therefore, a scale is chosen for this purpose. Scale is the ratio between the actual distance on the ground and the distance shown on the map.
  • Scale is very important in any map. If you know the scale, you will be able to calculate the distance between any two places on a map.
  • Maps are also classified as large scale or small scale maps.
  • When large areas like continents or countries are to be shown on a paper, then we use a small scale.
  • When a small area like your village or town is to be shown on paper, then we use a large scale.
  • Large scale maps give more information than small scale maps.
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Motions of the Earth
Large Scale Map
  • Direction is the other main component of a map.
  • The four principal directions - north, east, south and west - are indicated as arrowheads on a map. They are called cardinal points.
  • The inter-cardinal points are north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west.
  • Symbol is the third important component of a map.
  • It is not possible to draw on a map the actual shape and size of different features such as buildings, roads, bridges, trees, railway lines or a well. So, they are shown by using certain letters, shades, colours, pictures and lines.
  • These symbols give a lot of information in a limited space. With the use of these symbols, maps can be drawn easily and are simple to read.
  • Maps have a universal language that can be understood by all.
  • There is an international agreement regarding the use of these symbols. These are called conventional symbols.
Motions of the Earth

A Sketch and a Plan
  • A sketch is a rough freehand map drawn on the basis of observation and represents the main features of an area, or a place.
  • Sketches usually serve to quickly record ideas for later use.
  • Sometimes a rough drawing is required of an area to tell where a particular place is located with respect to other places.
  • A plan is a detailed and accurate drawing of a very small area on a large scale.
  • Plans are always drawn to scale. They give lot information about a specific area.
Motions of the Earth
Sketch Map
Motions of the Earth
Plan Map
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