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Cartography is making maps. It is part of geography. How people make maps is always changing. In the past, maps were drawn by hand, but today most printed maps are made using computers and people usually see maps on computer screens. Someone who makes maps is called a cartographer.
Making a map can be as simple as drawing a direction on a napkin, or as complicated as showing a whole country or world. Anyone can make a map, but cartographers spend their lives learning how to make better maps.
Maps are of two main types:
- General maps with a variety of features.
- Thematic maps with particular themes for specific audiences.
General maps are produced in a series. Governments produce them in larger-scale and smaller-scale maps of great detail.
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