AP Human Geography – Map Skills

Physical MapThis type of map is one that shows the physical landscape features of a place. They generally show things like mountains, rivers and lakes and water is always shown with blue. Mountains and elevation changes are usually shown with different colors and shades to show relief. Normally on physical maps green shows lower elevations while browns show high elevations.
Topographic MapThis type of map is similar to a physical map in that it shows different physical landscape features. They are different however because they use contour lines instead of colors to show changes in the landscape. Contour lines on these maps are normally spaced at regular intervals to show elevation changes and when lines are close together the terrain is steep.
Political MapThis type of map does not show any topographic features. It instead focuses solely on the state and national boundaries of a place. They also include the locations of cities – both large and small, depending on the detail of the map. A common type of political map would be one showing the 50 U.S. states and their borders.
Climate MapThis type of map shows information about the climate of an area. They can show things like the specific climatic zones of an area based on the temperature, the amount of snow an area receives or average number of cloudy days.
Economic map (Also known as a Resource Map)This type of map shows the specific type of economic activity or natural resources present in an area through the use of different symbols or colors depending on what is being shown on the map. For example a type of this map for Brazil can use colors to show different agricultural products of given areas, letters for natural resources and symbols for different industries
Road MapThis type of map is one of the most widely used map types. These maps show major and minor highways and roads (depending on detail) as well as things like airports, city locations and points of interest like parks, campgrounds and monuments.
Thematic MapThis type of map is a map that focuses on a particular theme or special topic and they are different because they do not just show natural features like rivers, cities, political subdivisions, elevation and highways. If these items are on this map, they are background information and are used as reference points to enhance the map’s theme. An example of this type of map would be one showing the population change of Canada in specific locations from 1996 to 2001. The map shows the theme it is attempting to get across to its audience and uses a political map to give it more of a reference.
Political MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?
Climate MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?
Thematic Map (Because it uses a political map as a way of showing which states are predominately republican or democrat)What type of map would this be identified as?
Road MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?
Economic MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?
Topographic MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?
Physical MapWhat type of map would this be identified as?