What is Map Reading?



Use the slide in the image above to compare the visualization of this map of Seattle created in 1890 with an aerial image from Google Earth.

Definition of Map Reading

Map reading (also sometimes written as map-reading) is the act of interpreting or understanding the geographic information portrayed on a map.  By map reading, the reader should be able to develop a mental map of the real-world information by processing the symbolized information shown on the map.  To do this, the reader will need to derive essential information presented by the map such as distance, direction, natural and man-made features, and topographical features.

Learn more: How to Read a Map