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BSL Geography Glossary - Generalisation - definition

Definition: Every map has a scale, for example 1:10,000 or 1:25,000. As the scale of a map increases, the amount of detailed information available on a map decreases. A map with a scale of 1:25,000 has less detailed information than a map with a scale of 1:10,000. A map with a scale of 1:50,000 will have less detailed information than a map with a 1:25,000 scale. A 1:10,000 map may include street names; however these will not appear on a 1:25,000 map. A 1:50,000 map may only include the names of towns or cities.