Q:

What is a thematic map?

A:

Quick Answer

A thematic map displays information regarding a specific data set, such as the average population density in a certain area. A thematic map does not show general geographic features, such as city locations, unless used as a reference point.

 Know More

Full Answer

Thematic maps were first developed during the 17th century. Development began once general maps showed enough clear details that reference points could be made. One of the first thematic maps was a star chart by Edmond Halley in 1686. A London doctor, John Snow, created a thematic map in 1854 which was used to track the speed of the spread of cholera through the city.

Learn more about Maps & Cartography

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a generalized map?

    A:

    Generalized maps are specifically designed to convey several types of information within the confines of one map. A generalized map usually includes details like topography and actual aesthetics of the portrayed area, producing a map that is closer to a mirrored image than a strict representation to scale.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a mapping exercise?

    A:

    A mapping exercise is a cartographic procedure used to evaluate an area for the creation of a map. A successful map should indicate natural land formations and other areas of interest or concern.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a physical feature on a map?

    A:

    A physical feature on a map is a representation of the terrain and topography of the earth’s surface in the area shown on that map. Each physical feature has a symbol to identify it and is sometimes identified by the use of contour lines.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a U.S. ZIP code map?

    A:

    A ZIP code map is an area map of the United States outlined in zones representing their respective U.S. Postal Service ZIP code. The ZIP code is a non-repeating numeric system with nine digits used for identifying geographic regions and used by the USPS to locate addresses for mail delivery.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore