Sunday, July 30, 2006


Map - its defination and brief description

My geography teacher used to stress a lot on maps and in my childhood we were used to play a game in which we ask the oponent to find a particular place on the world map. What is a map ? In most simple words a map is a two dimensional simplified detail of a place. This place could be any space such as country, continent, village, even your house. Now a specified scale is used to make a map. E.g on the map you can use 1 cm as equivalent to 100 km in reality i.e if thje distance between newyork and london is 1000 km than you can show it with 10 cm line on the map. According to defination in wikepedia, a map is a two-dimensional, geometrically accurate representation of a three-dimensional space. And infact there is a particular science of map making called crypto graphy. Making maps is not a new phenomenon. It have been used from thousand of years. Offcourse at that time it was much less accurate and sophisticated. Columbus found america using a map that was made to reach India.

Maps are widely divided into two categories , one is political map and other is physical map. Physical map is correct depiction of the physical features of a particular space wheresa political map is divided into countries, states, villages etc. And here starts the conflict. Two countries may be showing a particlur place in there own respective countries or even independent. This is the major bone of contention between many countries. A character notes some practical difficulties with this map and states that "we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well".

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