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Map colouring pages for kids

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Map colouring pages for kids

In these uncertain days, many of us are spending a lot of time inside. It can be challenging to ward off boredom, keep children engaged and learning a bit of something. So in the spirit of having fun and learning at the same time, we're making a series of printable colouring maps! Each colouring map file has a blank map for colouring and labelling, a map guide with all countries labelled as well as their abbreviations and a list of different ideas for using the colouring maps in a variety of ways. Grab a copy of Europe , Canada ,...

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The Anatomy of a Map

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The Anatomy of a Map

A map is composed of many layers of information, each displaying different geographic features. This is literal as well as figurative because at the very beginning of a map's creation, its spatial data is divided up into many separate files. The files are imported into mapping software where they are displayed in a layered fashion, one on top of the other. Layer order is important. To ensure the features display correctly, are not obliterated or overprinted, careful organization is necessary. There are two data types maps are made with: vector and raster. VECTOR: editable points, lines and areas all containing...

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What is a thematic map?

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What is a thematic map?

There are many types of maps. Maps have been designed with specific uses in mind since the earliest cartographers began mapping earth centuries and centuries ago. Planisphere by Rumold Mercator 1587 In fundamental ways maps began as a means of understanding the lands and waterbodies that comprised the world, charting exploration and discoveries of previously unknown places, and defining a nation's imperialistic extents. Map of Ancient Germany - Edward Wells 1700 Over time maps have changed and expanded the way we interpret information about what happens all around us. Maps that display a singular topic are known as thematic maps....

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What is an educational map?

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What is an educational map?

It might sound like an odd question as it could be argued that any map has some educational value. But it isn't as simple as that. Maps, like books, are not all created equal. Every book pulled off a shelf isn’t going to be a great one. Its grammar might be good, the plot moderately interesting but lacks the compelling qualities that make you want to read it. Or it could be so uniformly bad that you put it back immediately. Similarly, maps can suffer from being poorly put together, using incomplete or bad data, and look unappealing if the...

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