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What are Maps ?Conventionally, a map represents the world on a plane surface, enabling one to locate parts of earth, or other bodies and features depicting their position. Maps can be viewed as tools that symbolically represent a place, reduced in size. Maps represent political boundaries, natural resources, physical features, roads, and topography. Maps have actually helped us understand the world around us.
Originally, the name ‘Map’ comes from the Latin word “mappa”, meaning napkin or paper that was used to draw a map on.
Maps have evolved through the course of history, but have withstood the test of time and transformed as per requirements globally, aided by technological advancements. A journey which began from clay tablets, leather and stone, led to the maps being produced on paper. However, nowadays with the advancement of technology, maps can be viewed on computers or even smart phones through GIS (Geograhic Information Systems). Today, a map is not only a spatial representation of a place, but is also created around the themes such as distances, population, climate, economies, etc. more...
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