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By: Jensen Parker, Thu Jun 21st, 2012
The language of "symbols" is the first ever language early men used to express their feelings amongst others. Those early men seek the help of stones to carve pictures such as symbols to make their fellow men understand their feelings. Even after so much growth of mankind, this age long practice is still being used in the form of maps. The scientific name for these is topographical maps. If we go into the deep study of maps, these topographical maps have been taken from the Greek words topo and graph, topo means place and graph means to write. Hence, it is crystal clear from the above facts that the use of the map is not new. It is an age-old practice pursued by hunters, campaigners, foresters, scouts, military men, intelligence agents, tourists, guides, surveyors, and archaeologists. However, with the advent of IT services; the use of maps has been diversified, and the purpose of these maps has also changed a lot.
Hunting is a very challenging and adventurous sport. A hunter needs special equipments and devices in order to experience a safe hunting season as well as a wide reach for animals and birds that the hunter would like to hunt. Apart from other hunting instruments like weapons, magnetic needles, glasses, or magnifying glasses; the need of proper hunting maps is also very much vital. It does not only help the hunter to locate the areas of hunting but also helps to save time and prepare for uncertain situations. The market is flooded with shops highlighting Topographical Maps for sale, but many of them are not accurate and lead to confusions. Hence, hunting maps must be ordered cautiously, either online or via some professional map designer.
Hunting maps also need special skills in reading them because the symbols shown in the maps are sometimes not user friendly to the reader. One example is if someone mentions 1:22,000 using the map, then it means that every inch on the map would scale to 22,000 inches. Nowadays, people prefer on-line maps in the form of PDF files rather than purchasing manual maps.
There are so many solid reasons available why online maps are better than manual maps. One of the main reasons is that online maps are easier to carry than traditional maps. To explain briefly, once you purchase an on-line map, it can be easily carried anywhere by electronic media such as mobile phones, laptops, palm tops, tablet PCs, pen drives, external hard drives, emails, personal websites, web portals, iPads and a whole lot more. Secondly, there is no need to carry big printed maps along with you during the long journeys, picnics and campaigns. Hence, it helps to reduce weight. Thirdly, online maps are easier to read than traditional ones.
Generally, manual or printed hunting maps need magnifying glasses to see the small parts shown in it. However, in case of online maps, there is a zooming feature available to the users that help the map reader to check the minute details related with the area. Moreover, online maps are lesser prone to errors as they are taken from satellite images.