The ratio between distances on a map and distances in the world

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What ratio scales do Google Maps zoom levels correspond to?

Can anyone provide me with a link (or some details) on the actual ratio to "zoom level" figures for Google Maps? e.g. Google Maps Level 13 = 1:20000
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Why does QGIS scalebar show a wrong scale?

I'm using QGIS 1.7.1 and have added a scalebar. The scalebar usually displays in degrees, unless I switch the map's projection to meters, in which case the units are display in cm. This is not ...
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Maps zoomed around specific locations (magnifying glass effect)

How do I create a static map where the scale varies based on location? Example: to drive from a specific location X in Albuquerque to a specific location Y in Chicago, I want to "zoom" around X and ...
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What does Scale mean in the reference of Desktop GIS or WebGIS?

I'm having trouble understanding the meaning of the concept of scale when it comes to maps on screen, i.e. either in a Desktop GIS or in a WebMap. When it comes to paper maps, the idea is very clear. ...
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OpenLayers: Use scales instead of resolutions

Venturing around in the OpenLayers source code, it seems like everything related to zoom-levels is done using resolutions. Fair enough since this related directly to screen space. I would like ...
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Surface distance on DEM between two coordinates

Given two coordinates on a digital elevation model (DEM), how do I compute the actual distance traveled between the two locations, assuming a straight line route? How will changing the resolution of ...
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How to handle display of nested polygons (census, county/state, etc) for a given map extent

My question is how best to decide which layer (from a set of nested, aggregated census polygons) to display for any given map extent in an online map. Australia's census boundaries are built from ...
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How to automatically generate useful scales for data driven pages in ArcGIS desktop

I have been tasked with creating several hundred maps of properties that intersect a long pipeline. The maps will zoom to the part of the property which shows the intersection. The lengths of ...
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How to use scale -rule based renderer in QGIS?

I wish to render a shapefile of builindings such that at scales below 1:5000, they have a border, and above 1:5000, they do not have a border. For this, I went into layer properties, selected ...
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Dimensional analysis/conversion problem: Map scale to image resolution (dpi)

Given a map scale of 1:17,200 and a raster whose cell size is 6 inches, what resolution (dots per inch) should I choose when exporting the map to an image in order to maintain the raster's native ...
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How to Determine to world map size in pixel given this data?

How to Determine the world map size in pixels given this data? Map size of a particular area say, for example: Makati city, Philippines with bounds: Top-Right: 121.0281, 14.56497 Bottom-Left: ...
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How to show labels depending on the zoom scale and save it forever in one project?

I have got a problem in showing labels for a polygon layer : When I select "Show labels" in the layer's properties, then I select that I want to use the scaling to show or not my labels and I ...
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How to get correct scale values?

The scale of my map is wrong, no matter what coordinate system I use in my project. The map and all objects show the correct coordinates but the scale of the map shows nonsense and the measurement ...
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Mapserver, TMS, Scales zoom levels and how to deal with all of it

I have a whole bunch of data in my db that I need to draw at different zoom levels using Mapserver. Everything uses a 4326 SRID. My (custom) client, will fetch the data using 20 TMS zoom levels and ...
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2answers
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How do I know the vertical/horizontal units of my DEM? I'm creating a slope using gdaldem

I'm using gdaldem to create a slope map. I can apply a scale. The default is 1. The notes say: Ratio of vertical units to horizontal. If horizontal unit of source DEM is degrees (e.g WGS84 ...
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importing coordinates via a csv file does not work

I tried to manually add point data via a CSV file to an empty project in QGIS 1.8.0. The points do show up all right with the correct coordinates, but already the scale is not correct (using the ...
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qgis html annotation - scale dependent rendering?

In the QGIS 2.2 map composer, I have a large map at a certain scale (let's say 1:25000) and an inset map that is an enlargement of part of the main map (let's say 1:12500). When adding html ...
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Map scale vs. map extent vs. map canvas size in Print Map Composer

Please help! I am so beyond frustrated. I am using QGIS 2.0 and when I try to create my map in the print composer, I cannot make the scale and the extent the way that I need it. I need my map to be ...
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How do I import OS raster tiles into QGIS at the correct scale?

I have some tiles of OS raster mapping and their associated TFW georeferencing files. The GR files are in the same folder as the raster data and have the same names, ie TQ21.tif/TQ21.tfw. In QGIS ...
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What do I need to change to get scale bar units other than degrees?

Measurements done in QGIS on my project are done properly using whatever unit is set in: Settings > Options > Map Tools > Preferred measurements units but the scale bar decoration and scale bar in ...
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qgis html annotation does not respect 'Lock layers for map item' in print composer

In the QGIS 2.2 map composer, html annotation objects do not seem to respect the 'Lock layers for map item' checkbox. Unless an explanation / solution surfaces, I think this is a qgis bug and I'll ...