Road maps are an essential must have for any driver. Generally housed in the glove compartment of a vehicle, these maps are used to help guide and aid in the guidance of travels on roadways. These are useful tools to ensure you never get lost and always know where you are going and how you are going to get there.
Despite the rapid growth and development of today’s technologies, both world and road maps are used in schools all across the nation to help teach students sense of direction. Although these maps are often used specifically for world geography or social studies and history class, they are also utilized in some math courses as well. You are probably wondering why they would use these maps for a math class; well the reason for it is because of the measuring of distances between miles.
Some people confuse road maps with an atlas. Although they are based on the same contexts, an atlas is a compilation of many different maps. These maps are not only useful for directions for travel, but also contain information such as population, agricultural import and exports, and even elevations of land. With extremely detailed maps, these compilations can be used by travelers and explorers in order to understand and to expect certain things out of visiting certain locations.
It was through primitive drawings that early man could communicate as to where food could be hunted, water found, and even where shelter could be found. Though nowhere near the design of current maps, these maps served the purpose of that of wilderness maps in which today’s traditional boy or girl scouts use. There are even some wilderness camps that only use this type of map.
With an existence dating back all the way to the 1500’s, maps have come a long way. As land develops, towns are built, and road ways are created, maps are updated. Since the progression of computer technologies, the designs and information on maps is also updated. Some maps have phased out of their paper staged and progressed into a phase of computer navigational equipment.
Map collections, also referred to as atlases were introduced to the world by a geographer by the name of Abraham Ortelius in 1560 A. D. These however did not include some of the features that it now does today, due to the fact that at the time certain specific technologies used to elaborate on some information had yet been invented. This means that these maps did not show areal views, aspect ratios, or even intersections, since none of these had yet been invented.
In today’s era, it is rare to find a motorist who does not own a map or who lacks the ability to read a map. As simple as one may think they are to read, you are bound to come across at least one person in your lifetime that has never learned to properly use or read a map or its legend. Before technologies invaded the navigational world, it was considered a vital ‘must know’ to learn to properly use maps.
A road map is a map in which motorists use to aid in the navigation of their travels. These maps generally only have legends which consist of roadways and general topography keys. They do not have details on city or town populations, industries, or other data relative to the area the map is outlining. The soul purpose of these particular maps is to serve as a navigation tool so that motorists do not have to fear getting lost while traveling in unfamiliar towns.
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