United States Map

We use United States maps for a variety of reasons. Elementary school children use maps to learn basic geography and important information about the United States. Older students and adults use United States maps as a reference. We can find out the approximate size of a state, the capitol city and other large cities within the area.

United States maps also show us rivers and other bodies of water. This information is important when beginning to learn about geography because maps can demonstrate how rivers flow to-and-from our oceans. Most classrooms are equipped with national geographic maps and are referred to often in various subjects.

All United States maps have keys and symbols that can make it easier for us to read. Maps have scales that represent distances on the map. If you want to find out the distance from Los Angeles to New York, you can use a ruler or even estimate the distance by referring to the scale. Although most of us are familiar with common keys and symbols on United States maps, it is important to note that these symbols and keys may have different meanings abroad.

Colors on United States maps can help us differentiate between different landforms. For instance, the color blue on a map represents a body of water. Rivers, streams and large lakes are often present on these maps. An area that is brown in color may represent a mountain range. You should always be familiar with the color key located on the map. Since some cartographers (map-makers) use different color-coding, the color key verify the information.

Maps are used by nearly everyone at some point. Students use maps to learn about geography and history. Adults use maps as references or for information about an area. A variety of sources exist in which you can obtain a U.S. map. You can easily locate them online, at your local library, at bookstores and discount retail shops.