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n. ~ Materials that use images, numbers, or relief to represent physical or cultural features of the earth or celestial body (or portion thereof).

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Cartographic records may include maps, atlases, charts, globes, and geographic information systems. They commonly represent physical features (land masses, bodies of water, elevations, weather, and coordinates) but may also represent human, animal, plant distributions (population centers or distributions, political and cultural boundaries, migrations). Maps incorporate a degree of analysis or abstraction; a photograph of a land mass is not in itself a map, but the addition of information identifying features to the photograph may make it a map.