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A map is a symbolic depiction emphasizing relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions, or themes.
Many maps are static, fixed to paper or some other durable medium, while others are dynamic or interactive. Although most commonly used to depict geography, maps may represent any space, real or imagined, without regard to context or scale, such as in brain mapping, DNA mapping, or computer network topology mapping. The space being mapped may be two dimensional, such as the surface of the earth, three dimensional, such as the interior of the earth, or even more abstract spaces of any dimension, such as arise in modeling phenomena having many independent variables.
Although the earliest maps known are of the heavens, geographic maps of territory have a very long tradition and exist from ancient times. The word "map" comes from the medieval Latin Mappa mundi, wherein mappa meant napkin or cloth and mundi the world. Thus, "map" became the shortened term referring to a two-dimensional representation of the surface of the world.

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  1. ATCclears

    WA State - Tsunami evacuation maps released for various cities and towns

    Scientists estimate a tsunami could reach the Washington coastal areas such as Westport and Long Beach in as little as 15 minutes, and the maps show the challenges people could face in getting to higher ground that fast. Estimates are that some places in Long Beach could take a 75 minute walk...
  2. M

    Marking locations on google maps (or other) and attaching picture

    This is probably a very basic question, but here goes. I spend recreational time on DNR, National Forest etc land and I would like to save (mark) some of these locations on google maps or the like so that I can return to them in the future. Using my phone (Android, galaxy S7). In addition, it...
  3. T

    Where can I buy Oregon topographic maps?

    Thanks.
  4. Cavedweller

    Concealed carry reciprocity maps

    This site has interactive state reciprocity maps for those who might want to know which other states honor their state's concealed carry permit: CCW Reciprocity Maps For All US States (Updated for 2018)
  5. P7M13

    Tsunami flooding maps from NOAA

    My wife is terrified of "the big one", hence she is regularly searching for more info. She came across this today, thought I'd put it up. At the link, you can download the PDF maps in a zip file. Enjoy, keep your head above water, don't piss on any high tension lines! Of course, they had to use...
  6. gunsmithkinks

    Concealed Carry Reciprocity Maps

    Thought this would be good info for you all. Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps - USA Carry :cool:
  7. Retired Guy

    Free USGS TOPO PDF Maps

    Hi All, Just wanted to make sure the word was passed that you can download 7.5 minute TOPO maps from National Geographic for free. http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads I know most of us use GPS these days but I guess I'm old school enough to want a paper copy of the area I'm...
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