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Colors used in Maps to Represent Different Important Areas

Hi, In this article you can find Colors used in Maps to represent different areas or things, let’s find out those color. As we all know the Colors often uses in different types of maps and those are always consistent on a single map. You can download the PDF Colors used in Maps article for education purpose.

Many colors used on maps have a relationship to the object or feature on the ground. For example, Green is almost always the color chosen for Forests.

Here are the list of important colors are often used in maps to denote specific items. Those related questions are often asked in competitive exams, So understand the important points on each color to secure one mark in exams.

  • Blue: lakes, rivers, streams, oceans, reservoirs (Water-related features)
  • Red: major highways, roads, urban areas, airports, military sites, place names, buildings, and borders (primary and secondary roads)
  • Yellow: agricultural areas, built-up or urban areas
  • Green: parks, golf courses, forests
  • Brown: deserts, historical sites, national parks
  • Black: railroads, bridges, buildings, and borders, place names, buildings, and borders (Manmade or cultural features)
  • White: Sparse or no vegetation. Basically, white indicates any landscape feature except for trees or water – including desert, grass, sand, rocks, boulders, and so on.

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As you can see, different maps can use colors in a variety of ways. It is important to look at the map key or legend to become familiar with the color scheme, lest you decide to turn right at an aqueduct.

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