Not all maps are created equal.


𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐛𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧, 𝐩𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐞𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞. The only item that can show past, present and future at the same time. But did you know there are many types of maps? Yes, that’s right, far from a one trick pony there are 5 standard types of maps. Let’s take a look at the cartographic splendor of these maps.

🗺 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞

The beauty of these maps lie in their simplicity. They have all the nessessary basics to aid you in navigation. These maps are like an Accountant. The bells and whistles might be missing but they are dependable, accurate & to the point. And just like an Accountant they are useful, like very useful. They create a still of how the world looked at that particular point in time. Who owned what land, who ruled what people, who lived on said land and what it was called. These maps that seemed like the underdog have rises up to be the hero, just by stating simple facts we can accurately piece together the geographical and migration patterns of the world.

🗺 𝐓𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐜:

If the beauty of a reference map is its simplicity then the beauty of a topographic map lies in its detail. Maps are 2 dimensional but we live in a 3 dimensional world and we want to see it as such. We already know there is a mountain there and a town on the other side. But how tall is that mountain? How hard would it be to reach the town? These are things we want, no need, to know. This is where topographic maps ride in on their white horse. They show us the 3D reality of our world through the use of contour lines which are meticulously spaced at regular intervals to show the lay of the land have you will. Where they really shine is their ability to show landscape change. We can see climate weathering, erosion, pre earthquake landscape etc. by studying these maps.

🗺 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐜:

Think of these as the hipster of maps. They are less interested in where things are concrete located, but want to follow the things that continually change, evolve, the trend. They want to highlite specific subjects. And just like a hipster, who thinks they are special, these maps are sometimes referred to as “special subject” maps. They chose a locality and fill in the detail with a particular theme like weather, political, ethnic, income etc. Although these maps may seem less important geographicly than the others they unwittingly provide us with invaluable information. We can use them to see how we have changed as a people. How societies, thoughts, beliefs etc. have evolved over time.

🗺 𝐍𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐭:

The true wanderlust of maps. These are the maps for the adventurer, the one who says 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒍𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒐𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔. These are live maps, changing daily. They require constant updating so they never get stagnant or boaring. Adventure could be around every corner. With these maps land takes a back seat, only being shown as a warning to not crash into it.

🗺 𝐂𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐥:

These are for the detail oriented the type A maps. The ones who micromanage the information. These overachievers of maps take it a step further. Where a reference map will show where a town is located, maybe even a street. Cadastral map will show the individual properties, lot information, square footage, information from land surveys etc. These tried and true maps were one of the first types of maps created by the Ancient Egyptians for the purpose of establishing land ownership.

So as you can see there is more to maps than meets the eye. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐭𝐲𝐩𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐚𝐩❓

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