Map scales

Fact Sheet 038-00
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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
DOI 10.3133/fs03800
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