How Do Map Projections Distort Earth's Surface?
ES0301  A Multitude of Maps

People make and use maps for a variety of purposes. Consider some of the different maps you have used. Would a world map be useful in showing how to get from your school to your home? Would a city street map be useful in showing the shape of the land?

  !   Click each map to see a larger view. Scroll to the bottom of the larger images to see all the information. Explore the similarities and differences across these maps.
USGS
USGS
USGS
Carla McAuliffe, TERC
with data from ESRI
Carla McAuliffe, TERC
with data from ESRI
Carla McAuliffe, TERC
with data from ESRI

1. List at least three similarities and three differences among the maps.


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