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Explorers have used maps and compasses for century to explore and conquer treacherous lands There are many important features on maps one of these is the key at the top Another important feature is the scales that look like a ruler on the map Compasses are also very important a tool a compass must always point north The compass was invented in china 2000 years Both tools have proven to be very useful to explore in the wildMaps have a key at the top of the page that is color code most of the time the key shows you things like how high above sea level you are or what type of terrine is in the area The scales on a map are measured in kilometers every so May kilometers is a mile This is put there so that you know how far it is from point A to point B Elevation and sea levels are on most maps sea level is 0 where elevation of the city of Denver is 1 mile above sea level exactly On the other hand the place known as Death Valley in below sea level Maps are grate but sometimes you need to know what way you are facing Compasses were invented 2000 years ago in china They took a black stone known as the lodestone and rubbed a needle ageist witch magnetized the needle This is how explores made their compasses until sixtieth centurys When they were attached to round cards this allows for a accurate reads Compasses reacts to the earth magnetic filled compasses always point north no mater were you are in the world Although that old explores were smart without a map they would not have got very far Maps might be important but so are compasses If you just have a map you could get confused and not know which way you are going If you dont have a map you
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