Mapping Glossary

Definition of legend and geography from: The American Heritage Dictionary/ of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company.

Definition of reference frame from:

Definition of sketch map from:

*Definition adapted from: Armantrout, N. B. compiler. 1998. Glossary of aquatic habitat inventory terminology. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

#Definition adapted from: Krygier, John and Denis Wood. 2005. Making maps: a visual guide to map design for GIS, accessed through

$Definition adapted from: glossary of cartography and map terminology,, sensu Maps for America, 3rd edition.


Agricultural Map

Anthropogenic *

Archaeological Map

Astronomy Map


Cartography $

Choropleth Map

Contour *


Ecosystem *

Elevation *

Epidemiology Map

Forestry Map $

Geographic Information System (GIS) *


Global Positioning System (GPS) *

Graphic Scale #

Landscape *

Latitude $


Longitude $


Meteorological Map

Planimetric Map $

Reference Datum

Reference Frame

Reference Maps #

Relief *

Remote Sensing *

Representative Fraction #

Sketch Map

Thematic Maps #

Topographic Map $


Transect *

Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM)


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.