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Welcome to the Interactive Map

This tutorial explains how to explore National Geographic Education's interactive GIS mapping tool and tools for customizing outline maps for print.


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    Use the zoom bar to go from a world view to a local view (or in cartographic terms, from a large scale to a small scale). If you zoom out to a world view, you will see that the map is in a Mercator projection.


    Use the location menus at the top to zoom from a world view to a continent, country, or other region.


    Identify your geographic position on the map using the latitude and longitude display at the bottom left. The latitude and longitude values change as you pan around the map.


    Use the Map Mode menu to switch between base layers of satellite, terrain, and topographic data. Click on outline map mode to access a collection of black-and-white outline maps.


    In outline map mode, click on a continent, country, or state/province to pull up that specific map.


    You can customize or download your outline map. Or go back to the interactive map to explore more.


    The tabs on the left offer different tools for working with the map: themes, drawing tools, and markers. Open and close the tabs by clicking the arrows.


    Open the Themes tab to explore a collection of map data layers.


    When you are viewing a map layer, click on the information icon to view its legend.


    Use the transparency scroll bar to change the transparency of map layers. This is a useful tool when you are viewing more than one layer at a time and want to explore relationships between layers.


    Notice that not all layers can be viewed at every zoom level. Some map layers will become unavailable when you zoom in to a large scale.


    Use the Drawing Tools tab to access tools that allow you to draw lines and shapes and add labels to your map.


    Use the Markers tab to find markers that you can drag and drop on the map. You can adjust the marker size to meet your needs.


    Click on the the icon at the bottom right to view the full-screen interactive map.


    Or click the other icon to see the map in a new web browser window.

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    Now go explore the map to fine tune your skills as a geographer!