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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.

Publication Year 2002
Title Map Scales
DOI 10.3133/fs01502
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 015-02
Index ID fs01502
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey