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Knowing how to read a map is one of the most important tools a geologist needs. Maps portray a lot of information in a very small amount of space making them vital to understanding the history of the landscape. There are many different types of maps and lots of information that they can contain. I am only going to focus on some of that information though. There are 4 main parts to this map section and the knowledge builds upon itself as you move through the sections.




Map basics includes a lot on the information that is needed to first read and understand a map.




Topographic maps ilustrate 3 dimensions on a 2-dimensional surface. This sections helps to be able to understand and extract information from them.




Geological maps take a topographic map and add another layer of information which is the underlying geology of the region.




The last section, stratigraphy, is not strictly map based but is associated enough with geological maps to fit in here.