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Political and Physical Maps (a definition)

political map       physical map
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Maps in simple terms represent a geographical area in a way that enables people to find places and/or to better understand the features of a particular destination. Two of the most common forms are political and physical maps.

POLITICAL MAP (shown at left)

Political maps are designed to show governmental boundaries of countries, states and counties. They can also indicate the location of major cities, and they usually include significant bodies of water.

PHYSICAL MAP (shown at right)

Physical maps often include much of the same data found on a political map, but their primary purpose is to show landforms like deserts, mountains and plains. Their topography style (or relief) presents an overall better picture of the local terrain.