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_x000D_ A world map is a map of the surface of the Earth , which may be made using any of a number of different map projections . A map projection is any method of representing the surface of a sphere or other three-dimensional body on a plane . _x000D_
Maps of the world are often either 'political' or 'physical'. The most important purpose of the political map is to show territorial borders; the purpose of the physical map is to show features of geography such as mountains , soil type or land use . Geological maps show not only the physical surface, but characteristics of the underlying rock, fault lines, and subsurface structures.
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