Description and Generalization of Continuous Areal Features

  • Haowen Yan


Areal features on maps are visual representation of real phenomenon in the geographic space. Areal phenomena are two dimensional in spatial extent, having both length and width and appearing on maps as polygons (Yan et al. 2008). An example of areal phenomena is a lake, assuming that only its two-dimensional surface is concerned. Political units, such as countries, provinces/states and counties, can also fit this framework if they are represented on large or intermediate scale maps, because each of them is symbolized as an enclosed region. However, an insight into the differences between lakes and political regions on maps may gains that their distribution modes are different: lakes are shown as discrete polygons, while political regions are usually visualized using continuous polygons (Fig. 6.1).


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  • Haowen Yan
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  1. 1.Faculty of GeomaticsLanzhou Jiaotong UniversityLanzhouChina

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