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Using a Compass: Finding Your Location

Now things get a bit more complicated. First we have to be familiar with maps.



We learn in school that a map should have the following parts:

  • A title -- indicating what the map represents.
  • A key -- or legend that tells what all the symbols on the map represent.
  • A scale -- that lets us know the size of the area the map covers. (How many inches or centimeters on the map equal how many miles or kilometers in the real world.)
  • A compass rose -- or a "north arrow" that tells us how the map is oriented; where north is on the map


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