Different human activities can be shown on maps. Human activities are mainly those that bring income to the people. Human activities shown on maps are as a result of the resources available in the area. The following are some of the human activities that can be shown on maps:
- Saw milling or forestry can be said to be taking place in the area if there are saw mills shown on the map. The presence of a forest is not enough indication of these activities in the area.
- Dairy farming is practised in an area if there is a milk-processing plant or milk collecting centre shown on the map.
- Mining may be carried out if there are quarries or mines shown on the map. The presence of a mineral does not mean that mining takes place in the area.
- Livestock farming is represented by the presence of a cattle dip or a livestock market.
- Fishing may be taking place if there are fish traps shown on the lake or river or the presence of a fish processing factory.
- Commercial activities are represented on a map if there are shops, markets and towns.
- Tourism may be carried out if there are game lodges, hotels and game parks shown.
- Industrialisation may be taking place in an area if there are symbols of textiles,
- Farming may be taking place if symbols of crops are shown on maps.