The Handy Geography Answer Book, Second Edition by Paul A. Tucci, Mathew T. Rosenberg

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What does the scale of a map tell me? A scale indicates the level of detail and defines the distances between objects on a map. On a map, scales can be written as a fraction, a verbal description, or as a bar scale. A fraction, or ratio, using the example of 1/100,000 or 1:100,000, indicates that one unit of any form of measurement on the map is equivalent to 100,000 units of the same measurement in the area being represented. For instance, if you use inches as the unit of measurement, then one inch on the map would equal 100,000 inches in the area represented by the map.

Where does the Loch Ness Monster live? The fabled monster is supposed to live in Loch Ness. The term “loch” is Gaelic and is used in Scotland to refer to a lake or narrow inlet of the sea. Loch Ness is fully surrounded by land and is therefore a lake. How are waves created? Waves are created by wind blowing across the surface of the water. Though waves appear to move along the surface of the water, they are simply the movement (oscillation) of water up and down due to the friction of the air. ” How does Old Faithful shoot water into the air?

A scale indicates the level of detail and defines the distances between objects on a map. On a map, scales can be written as a fraction, a verbal description, or as a bar scale. A fraction, or ratio, using the example of 1/100,000 or 1:100,000, indicates that one unit of any form of measurement on the map is equivalent to 100,000 units of the same measurement in the area being represented. For instance, if you use inches as the unit of measurement, then one inch on the map would equal 100,000 inches in the area represented by the map.

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