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Lesson Navigation IconThematic Cartography

Unit Navigation IconIntroduction to thematic cartography

Unit Navigation IconDesign of thematic maps

Unit Navigation IconPreliminary decisions and questions for the creation of a thematic map

LO Navigation IconChoice of the topic

LO Navigation IconAnalysis and concept

LO Navigation IconScale, format and location

LO Navigation IconChoice of the map projection

LO Navigation IconFrame maps or island maps?

LO Navigation IconSingle-colour or multi-colour maps

LO Navigation IconLabeling

LO Navigation IconDesign and structure of a map

LO Navigation IconSummary

LO Navigation IconRecommended Reading

Unit Navigation IconTransformation of statistical data into thematic maps

Unit Navigation IconMapping techniques for thematic maps

Unit Navigation IconSelf Assessment

Unit Navigation IconRecommended Reading

Unit Navigation IconGlossary

Unit Navigation IconBibliography

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Single-colour or multi-colour maps

Before one can begin with the creation of a map, it has to be decided if a single-colour map or a multi-colour map is more suitable.

Single-colour maps have the advantage that they cost much less money to produce, because the printing-process is less laborious. The map design, however, makes great demands on the cartographer if the map should show the information density as a comparable colourful map. The design possibilities for different grey scales is somewhat limited. Single-colour maps are usually used for simple, small map displays in journals and books (Imhof 1972).

The production process for multi-colour maps is much more expensive. However, they allow for a wider range of design possibilities.

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