# Map Scales

July 1, 2002

The proportion chosen for a particular map is its scale. Selecting the appropriate scale depends on the size of the sheet of paper and the accurate placement of features. Ground area, rivers, lakes, roads, distances between features, and so on must be shown proportionately smaller than they really are.

## Citation Information

Publication Year 2002 Map Scales 10.3133/fs01502 Report USGS Numbered Series Fact Sheet 015-02 fs01502 USGS Publications Warehouse U.S. Geological Survey