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Lesson Navigation IconThematic Cartography

Unit Navigation IconIntroduction to thematic cartography

Unit Navigation IconDesign of thematic maps

LO Navigation IconBasic principles

LO Navigation IconBuilding blocks of a thematic map

LO Navigation IconThematic content

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

Unit Navigation IconTransformation of statistical data into thematic maps

Unit Navigation IconMapping techniques for thematic maps

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The design of thematic maps follows four basic principles: location principle, chart principle, image-static principle and the pictorial principle. The most important elements of the map form the thematic information. This originates depending on the topic from different sources. If necessary, the data have to be collected. In addition, the topic is supported by a base map, which has, among others, the task to place the thematic information in a geospatial context. The information density of the base map depends on the topic of the map.

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