Thematic Maps: Definition & Types


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What does a thematic map show?

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1. If you see a map in which every county is shaded by its political affiliation, what kind of map are you looking at?

2. Which of these data sets would make the best isoline map?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet and quiz are tools that can help assess your knowledge of thematic maps and their characteristics. You will need to identify the different types of thematic maps for the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These materials can be used to test your understanding of:

  • Components of an isoline map
  • Using a dot density map
  • Cartograms
  • Thematic maps

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding characteristics of cartograms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to identify what thematic maps show
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the purpose of using a dot density map and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

Learn more about these maps using the lesson called Thematic Maps: Definition & Types. Thanks to this lesson, you can cover these topics:

  • Benefits of using thematic maps
  • Purpose of using cartograms
  • Differences between isoline maps and dot density maps