A thematic map is a map that emphasizes a particular theme or special topic such as the average distribution of rainfall in an area. Thematic maps focus on a variety of topics--some focus on physical geography Display physical features--landforms, bodies of water Can also focus on climate Thematic maps can also focus on human geography Examples include political maps, economic activities, natural resources, and population density Always look at the title Look at the map key in order to interpret the symbols or colors http://geography.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn= geography&cdn=education&tm=107&f=11&su=p284.13.34 2.ip_&tt=2&bt=2&bts=2&zu=http%3A//www.mapsofworld.c om/thematic-maps/ Create a thematic map of Warren East High School Directions: Decide on a theme you would like for your map. Create your map based on that theme How Will We Learn About Thematic Maps? This section of the unit has six phases, covering six types of thematic maps: (1) world physical features (2) world climate (3) world vegetation (4) world population density (5) world economic activity (6) world regions. Geographers have given names to the common features Physical features maps show the shapes of features as seen from above. They show height and elevation. › Typically use colors and shading to show elevation Bodies of water are also labeled on physical features maps Examples include rivers, lakes, oceans, seas, gulfs, etc.