A scientific map represents specific information, and enables scientists to get insight into particular issues such as weather, vegetation characteristics and land use. Scientists will use maps that emphasize different geographic features or data. This allows specific information of interest to stand out better and so offer a useful perspective. For example, maps using different projections. (What's a projection?) But this is only one way scientists can use maps to learn about a place. Here you will learn how maps can provide information on topography, crop use and fire. These are useful for managing natural resources. Can you think of other ways maps can be used to tell us about a place?