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Map symbols. What are map symbols?. Maps give us a lot of information and there is not much room for labels. So we use symbols to save space and make the map easier to read. Symbols may be simple drawings, letters, shortened words or coloured shapes or areas. How can we use them?.

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Map symbols

Map symbols


What are map symbols

What are map symbols?

  • Maps give us a lot of information and there is not much room for labels.

  • So we use symbols to save space and make the map easier to read.

  • Symbols may be simple drawings, letters, shortened words or coloured shapes or areas.


How can we use them

How can we use them?

  • A map will always have a key to list and explain the meanings of the symbols used.

  • It is therefore not necessary for you to learn all the symbols as you will have a key.

  • However it will make it quicker if you are familiar with some of the more common ones.


Os map symbols

OS map symbols

  • Ordnance survey (OS) has its own set of map symbols, often copied by others.

  • These symbols can be grouped into categories like places of interest (usually shown in black), points of interest for tourists (blue), etc. but every map will have a key for reference.


Map symbols

Some map symbols can tell you more than just the location of a feature.

Click to find out what......

For example the following symbols all indicate churches

– but each one will tell you a little bit about what the church looks like.


Map symbols

Some map symbols can tell you more than just the location of a feature.

Chapel

For example the following symbols all indicate churches

Church with a tower

– but each one will tell you a little bit about what the church looks like.

Church with a steeple


Map symbols

  • Areas of woodland too will tell you what type of trees are to be found.

  • Below is the symbol for a mixed woodland, but the trees could be shown as either just coniferous or just deciduous.

Coniferous

Deciduous


Map symbols1

Map Symbols

Lets start to identify some important symbols.

Can you guess what these symbols mean?


Map symbols2

Map Symbols

Lets start to identify some important symbols.

Campsite

Car Park


Try and memorise these

Try and memorise these!

Public Convenience

Coniferous wood

Secondary road

View point

Quarry

Public Footpath

Information centre

Public phone

To test yourself......


Click here for the answers

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Click here for the answers1

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

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Click here for the answers2

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

Information centre

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Click here for the answers3

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

Information centre

Coniferous wood

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Click here for the answers4

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

View point

Information centre

Coniferous wood

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Click here for the answers5

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

View point

Information centre

Quarry

Coniferous wood

Back to main session..


Click here for the answers6

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

Public Convenience

View point

Information centre

Quarry

Coniferous wood

Back to main session..


Click here for the answers7

Click here for the answers

Secondary road

Public Convenience

View point

Information centre

Public phone

Quarry

Coniferous wood

Back to main session..


How well did you do

How well did you do?

Secondary road

Public Convenience

View point

Information centre

Public phone

Quarry

Public Footpath

Coniferous wood


Recap

Recap

  • All (OS) maps use symbols to identify features. – There is a key on all maps.

  • The symbols are not to scale and are made up of words letters or drawings.

  • The symbols are broken down into different sections.- Places of interest, Boundaries etc

  • Symbols can tell you more than just the location of a feature.

  • The more map symbols you can remember the easier you will find navigation.

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