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How can I determine the distance between two places by using a scale?

By using a ruler, compare the distance between two points on a map with the information on the scale to calculate the actual distances between the two points. For example, if you measure the distance between two towns as being five inches and the ratio says 1:100,000, then the actual distance between the towns is 500,000 inches (7.9 miles [12.7 kilometers]).



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