Understanding and Using a Map

Victoria and Area Map

Understanding & Using a Map

Ray Talson, Search & Rescue Society of BC

The idea of “map” is apparently a fundamental concept. The term is often used, literally and symbolically, without explanation, suggesting that “map” is so well understood that no definition is needed. This is a delusion.

When analyzed, a map is seen to be a complex representation for area or a refined method for communicating knowledge about an unforgiving environment. Because maps are fundamentally different from other forms of communication, they must be specially perceived, and singular assumptions are a necessary basis for their creation.

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