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# What are the five elements of a map?

This question is part of Basic Map Skills Quiz
Asked by Jeremyj, Last updated: Sep 30, 2020

#### H. Martin

H. Martin, Content Writer, Charlotte

The five essential elements of a map are a compass, legend, the title, an inset map, and a scale. These are important because these five things help explain the information on the map.

Elements of a map are the term used to describe the various bits of information provided on a map, generally in the margins, which helps establish how much space will be equal to a set distance and is often seen at the bottom of the map. Keys are also commonly seen on maps. This feature includes all symbols and lines as well as their meaning.

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#### N. Jarah

N. Jarah

Maps will always contain a lot of information that will allow you to know more about the different areas that are available. The five things that you can expect maps to have are the following: Title, legend, grid, compass rose, and a scale.

Take note that these are all meant to help you understand details about the different places that are available. The scale will be able to help you relate the different items that can be found on the map from one thing to another.

The legend will help you understand more about how the details of the map can be understood especially depending on the given colors or symbols.

#### Charlie Rogers

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Charlie Rogers, Manager, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Lexington, Kentucky

The five elements of a map include title, legend, grid, directions, and a scale.

• The title of your map should reveal basic information about the map, such as the area symbolized.

• The legend is also identified as the key.

• It explains what symbols are used on that specific map and what each symbol represents, such as a landmark.

• The grid most commonly represents the geographic grid system or latitude and longitude marks to find an exact location.

• Latitude is flat, while longitude is long, up and down.

• The direction refers to the compass on the map to indicate which direction to go, north, south, east, or west.

• Scale demonstrates the relationship between a certain distance on the map and the actual distance in real life.

• A scale provides an example of what distance is in reality.

#### H. Barnes

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H. Barnes, Unemployed, Barnes, Atlanta

There is a good reason why maps are being used by a lot of people in this world. Maps contain a lot of information about the different places found all over the world. Even before the appearance of the internet, people can already gain a lot of information from maps.

Most maps will contain these five things: tile, legend, grid, compass rose, and the scale. The title will tell you what is being shown on the map. For the compass rose; this is something that you need so that you will know the direction that you are looking for. The different elements of a map will provide you with all the information that you need.

#### suman_Saurav

Suman_Saurav, Web Application Developer, Noida

The five essential elements of a map are a compass, legend, the title, an inset map, and a scale. These are important because these five things help explain

#### Victor Roy

The map has some basic elements that will allow you to read and understand the map better. These five elements include the compass, title, legend, inset map, and the scale. The more that you know about these five elements, the more that you will get to understand how the map should be used. The title will allow you to know the current direction of the location.

#### N. Jarah

N. Jarah

The correct answer to this question is B, Title, scale, compass rose, inset map, and legend. All five of these things are important because they help to explain the information that is found on a map. The title of a map is a keyword or two that grabs the attention of the reader.

Direction on a map is shown through a compass. It helps the reader correlate the directions to the real world. A legend helps the reader decode the various symbols on a map. Scale is also known as the distance, which shows distance in a graph or numeric format.

#### Malcolm Carneal

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Malcolm Carneal, Digital Nomad, MCA, Hawick

Why is there a need to know the basic elements of a map? This is easy. You need to know how to read the map so that you can use it properly. It will help to become familiar with the various elements because this way, you will immediately know how to use it. The color of the map may sometimes show what continents you are looking at.

The compass rose is another element because this will provide you with the direction where the map is facing. The legend is another element of the map available. This will provide you with more details regarding the various things that you can see on the map. The data frame will provide you with the data layers that you are looking for. The north arrow is the last element that you are searching for at this time.

#### M. Delilah

M. Delilah

A good map should have five elements. These five elements are compass, title, scale, compass rose, inset map, and legend.

The title is a very important element. This gives basic information about the area that the map represents.

Scale: the scale shows the relationship between the real-life distance and the distance represented on the map. For instance, an inch on the map can represent a mile in actual life.

Compass rose: a compass rose is used to show the cardinal directions. It can be represented in verbal, numeric, or graphic form.

Inset map: is a small map that is provided on the large map. This highlights a specific geographical location.

Legend: it is also known as the “key.” This explains the symbols used on the map.

#### E.Emily

E.Emily

The map has some basic elements that will allow you to read and understand the map better. These five elements include the compass, title, legend, inset map, and the scale. The more that you know about these five elements, the more that you will get to understand how the map should be used. The title will allow you to know the current direction of the location.
It also helps if you know the legend; otherwise, how will you know what the different symbols and colors represent. Can you imagine if you would look at the map and not know what to search for? The map will not be very useful to you if thatâ€™s the case.

#### joshua

Joshua

Ttle symbols scale labels legend and compass

#### jeremyj

Jeremyj

Title, scale, compass rose, inset map, and legend