With easy-to-read text and full-color photos, this book discusses a variety of the types of maps available today. Readers will first come to understand the difference between reference maps, thematic maps, and navigational charts. Yet there is so much more! The book also familiarizes readers with the difference between relief maps and topographical maps, as well as political maps and population maps. Readers will learn about economic maps, resource maps, and environmental maps, too. The purpose and characteristics of each kind of map is also discussed. Colorful maps and diagrams highlight the text, visually demonstrating these concepts. Informative sidebars, bold glossary terms, and an index enhance the engaging text and graphics.