|Mandatory||Repeatable||Data Type||Authority||Level Available||A/V Only||Public Element|
|No||No||Variable Character Length (2000)||None||Series
The level of detail in cartographic or architectural documents expressed as a numerical ratio to one, which may have been computed from the verbal or bar scales included on the materials.
A map at the scale of 1:10,000 (one unit on the map equals 10,000 of the same units on the ground) would generally be considered a large scale or detailed map, such as a city plan; whereas a map at the scale of 1:10,000,000 (one unit on the map equals 10,000,000 of the same units on the ground) would generally be considered a small scale or limited detail map, such as a small continent on a single sheet.
|Purpose:||Allows maps, scaled drawings, and aerial photographs to be compared in terms of the detail of the documents.|
|Relationship:||This element is independent.|
|Guidance:||Enter the scales stated as ratios to one and convert verbal or bar scale information into ratios to one. Scales can be an estimated ratio. Complex verbal scales, archaic measurement terminology, and related information may be included.
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