There probably is no individual in the world that has not seen or used road maps or street maps at least once. Maps have been helping people find their way around in many different and unfamiliar places. Geography is however being enhances nowadays by the most advanced technological developments. Maps, as we used to know them, are starting to lose their popularity as their place is being taken by the newer online and 3D maps. Yet, as the saying goes, one cannot progress without looking back, so one should know a thing or two about the traditional maps and how these changed the lives of people living in times past, as the new maps changed our lives. Here one can find out more about the different types of maps and how were they necessary in the past.
In general terms, there are two main types of maps, and these are physical and political maps. The former were developed with the intention of revealing geographical features, and they often include infrastructure details such as streets or roads, building or mountains. The latter have been developed, on the other hand, with the intention of showing territorial borders. Both of them have been very important throughout history and yet both of them are nowadays being replaced by more technologically advanced mapping concepts such as the interactive maps and electronic maps, for instance.
Projection is very important in cartography. Projection represents a manner of translating the 3D real surface into a 2D picture. This feature of the maps is often realized with specialized programs which are meant to keep the image, and the map as a whole, highly accurate. In the end, these map types seem to matter least nowadays when they are slowly being replaced by the more attractive and user-friendly electronic maps.