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Title: What is the approximately map distance if the land distance is 8 miles and the map scale is 1:500,000?
Main Category: Map Scale -
Difficulty Level: MEDIUM
ID: 4001 Times Viewed: 35 Times Test Taken: 1
   
Question:
 

What is the approximately map distance in inches if the land distance is and the map scale is ?

 


Solution:
 

The map scale formula is:

Known values:

Written as:

The map scale is changed to fraction as shown here:

Rewrite the equation used for to find the Earth (Land) Distance:

Solve to find Map Distance:

Convert miles to inches (use calculator):

  (Answer)

Reference:

http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/factsheets/fs01502.html

http://www.physicalgeography.net/fundamentals/2a.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_scale

 
 
 
 

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