Symbols, Sketches and Plans
The letters, pictures, lines, and colours used on the map are called symbols. Symbols are used to represent different features on a map. Symbols give more information in a limited space, make maps both easy to draw and easy to read, and help you find your way in an unknown area. Maps use a universal language that everyone can follow. The universal symbols used in maps are referred to as conventional symbols. According to an international agreement, symbols follow a common colour code. Blue is used for representing water bodies, Brown for mountains, Yellow for plateaus, and Green for plains   Using symbols gives you a number of advantages: Give a lot of information in a limited space Symbols makes it easy to draw and read maps A sketch map is drawn without a scale, based on memory and observation, and rRepresents the main features of an area. A plan is drawn to scale, represents a small area on a large scale and provides the finer details, such as the length and breadth of a certain area.

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The letters, pictures, lines, and colours used on the map are called symbols. Symbols are used to represent different features on a map. Symbols give more information in a limited space, make maps both easy to draw and easy to read, and help you find your way in an unknown area. Maps use a universal language that everyone can follow. The universal symbols used in maps are referred to as conventional symbols. According to an international agreement, symbols follow a common colour code. Blue is used for representing water bodies, Brown for mountains, Yellow for plateaus, and Green for plains   Using symbols gives you a number of advantages: Give a lot of information in a limited space Symbols makes it easy to draw and read maps A sketch map is drawn without a scale, based on memory and observation, and rRepresents the main features of an area. A plan is drawn to scale, represents a small area on a large scale and provides the finer details, such as the length and breadth of a certain area.

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