Usefulness and setback of using maps

Usefulness and setback of using maps

The following are the usefulness of maps:

  • Maps are used for recreational purposes such as traveling, hiking, and orienteering
  • Maps are used by government and industry to assist with urban planning, mining, emergency management, and establishment of legal boundaries and land ownership
  • Maps are very important in field studies




  • Maps are used as storage of geographical facts of represented. this makes the map capable of giving insight into the previous appearance of the area
  • The map is used in conducting a wide range of project like; building design, construction of roads, and others of the same reflection
  • Maps can be used to show relationships of various geographic phenomena like the relationship between population and landscape

The setback or disadvantages or limitation of using maps

  • Maps use symbols and signs to represent various features on the earth’s surface
  • Maps are selective since they show only selected information to appear on the maps
  • Maps are more expensive to make compared to other geographic tools like the photograph




  • The map takes a long time to make compared to other geographic tools like a photograph
  • The reading and interpretation of the map need high skills
  • The map is not capable of recording and keeping instant data

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