thumbnail

Map scales

Fact Sheet 038-00

By:

Links

Abstract

To be most useful, a map must show locations and distances accurately on a sheet of paper of convenient size. This means that all things included in the map-ground area, rivers, lakes, roads, distances between features, and so on must be shown proportionately smaller than they really are. The proportion chosen for a particular map is its scale.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Map scales
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
038-00
Edition:
Retired Edition
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Description:
2 p.
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N