In addition to country borders, major cities and significant bodies of water, physical maps indicate the location of landforms like deserts, mountains and plains. On the map above, note the Rocky Mountains; the mountains in western Canada and USA. These types of landforms are not included on political maps.
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John Moen is a cartographer who along with his wife are the orignal founders of worldatlas.com. He and his wife, Chris Woolwine-Moen, produced thousands of award-winning maps that are used all over the world and content that aids students, teachers, travelers and parents with their geography and map questions. Today, it's one of the most popular educational sites on the web.
This page was last updated on August 10, 2015.