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Maps can help us understand the world, our state and our neighborhood. Maps can show demographic data about the people who live in an area. Maps can convey environmental and geologic data. City managers use maps to plan for roadways, sidewalks and parks. Historians use maps to document migration or land use over time. Agriculture researchers use maps to look at soil types, vegetation and tree growth. Biologists use maps to track wildlife populations. Sociologists use maps to learn how the local environment may affect human behavior. Click on the tabs above to see how maps can be used to explore and explain complex ideas.
For research into geography, please visit the Guide to Geography Resources.
A Missouri road map is available at the Reference Desk in Ellis Library.