Cartographic Concepts and Resources

Maps communicate through abstraction. Map symbology like icons, colour choices, and  legends are central to map design. Here you will find information on cartographic methods to create attractive maps.

The Unofficial Arc/Info and ArcView Symbol Page

This page, set up by Brian T. Sheahan, hosts ArcView and Arc/Info compatible marker, fill, font and colour sets. The symbols have been created by a variety of individuals and agencies and Brian provides a summary of the symbol set so you know what you're about to download. This page also has links to other symbol resources.

Overview of Using a Map and Compass

A Fact Sheet about how to navigate using a map and compass from the U.S. Geological Survey:

Overview of Map Scales

A fact sheet produced by the U.S. Geological Survey about Map Scales:

Units Converter

Convert is an easy to use unit conversion program that will convert the most popular units of distance, temperature, volume, time, speed, mass, power, density, pressure, energy and many others, including the ability to create custom conversions!