Maps are digital representations of geographic information that can be accessed and viewed over the internet. They provide interactive and dynamic visualizations of locations, routes, and spatial data. Online maps have become an integral part of various applications and websites, offering users the ability to explore and navigate the world from their devices.

Key Features of Maps:
- Interactive Navigation: Users can zoom in and out, pan, and rotate the map to navigate and explore different areas.
- Location Search: Online maps typically include a search functionality that allows users to search for specific addresses, landmarks, or points of interest.
- Markers and Annotations: Users can add markers or annotations to the map to indicate specific locations, such as businesses, attractions, or personal points of interest.
- Routing and Directions: Online maps often provide routing capabilities, allowing users to find the best routes and directions between locations.
- Layers and Overlays: Maps can display various layers and overlays, such as satellite imagery, street view, traffic information, weather data, and more.
- Geolocation: Many online maps support geolocation, allowing the map to automatically center on the user's current location.
- Customization: Users can often customize the map display by choosing different map styles, color schemes, and overlays based on their preferences or specific use cases.

Popular Maps Services:
- Google Maps: One of the most widely used and comprehensive mapping platforms, offering a rich set of features and global coverage.
- OpenStreetMap: A community-driven mapping project that provides free and open-source map data and allows users to contribute and edit the maps.
- Mapbox: A mapping platform that offers customizable maps and a powerful set of tools and APIs for developers. - HERE Maps: A location data and technology platform that provides mapping, navigation, and other location-based services.
- Bing Maps: Microsoft's mapping service that offers mapping, geocoding, and route planning functionalities.

Maps have revolutionized the way we navigate and interact with geographic information. They have become essential tools for businesses, transportation, tourism, and countless other applications that rely on location-based data and services.

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