Geographic vs Cartographic - What's the difference?

geographic | cartographic |

As adjectives the difference between geographic and cartographic

is that geographic is pertaining to geography while cartographic is of or pertaining to the making of maps.



Alternative forms

* geographick


(en adjective)
  • Pertaining to geography.
  • Determined by geography, as opposed to magnetic (i.e. North.)
  • Derived terms

    * geographic north * geographic latitude * geographic mile




  • Of or pertaining to the making of maps.
  • * 1831 , Norton Shaw et. al., The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society
  • This is important to the ends of tangible geography, as well in the construction and arrangement of tables, as in every description of cartographic composition.
  • * 1993 , Harlow C Landphair, Terry Larsen, Evaluation and Development of Visualization Technology for Highway Transportation
  • However, both of these examples assume that no three dimensional data is available in the initial digital cartographic data or other data sets that precede the immediate operation.

    Derived terms

    * cartographically