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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

LO Navigation IconBase map

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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

LO Navigation IconThematic map using point symbols

LO Navigation IconNetwork maps

LO Navigation IconArea-class maps

LO Navigation IconChoroplethic maps

LO Navigation IconDiagram maps (cartograms referring to a specific point or area)

LO Navigation IconLine and vector related diagram maps

LO Navigation IconIsoline maps

LO Navigation IconDot maps

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Mapping techniques for thematic maps

There are several different methods to map spatial-thematic information. Depending on the characteristics of the data a more local, linear or areal representation is suitable. Imhof (1972) subdivides thematic maps by structure types. Examples of cartographic structures are point distributions, area classes, isolines, networks and others. The following table shows structure types of thematic maps (Hufnagel) according to Imhof (1972).

In the following sections specific types of thematic maps are presented.

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