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									Map symbols




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     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?
• 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 OS symbols as you will have a key.
  However it will make it quicker if you are familiar
  with some of the more common ones.
• If you have to draw your own map, you can
  make up your own symbols – but remember you
  must provide a key to explain what they are.
           OS map symbols
• The 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.
Some map symbols can
tell you more than just
the location of a feature.
For example the following
symbols all indicate
churches
– but each one will tell
you a little bit about
what the church looks
like.


•   (Click   to find out what)
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
– but each one will tell     tower
you a little bit about
what the church looks        Church with a
like.                        steeple
• 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
• Remember to give as much detail as you
  can. You might be asked where a certain
  feature is so be sure you know how to pin
  point its 6 figure grid reference or the grid
  square/squares it covers.

• Now try the following short tests.
In order to do the test you will need to
see a copy of this map and its key.
If you cannot open this as a separate
window then print this page out before
you go to the second exercise.

           1. Check your knowledge
              of OS map symbols –
              click here

            2. Click here for map
            symbol exercise




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