3 the IMPORTANCE OF the THEMATIC MAPS IN the EDUCATION OF GEOGRAPHY In the geography education the use of thematic maps is favorable and becomes indispensable to know the space geographic. The reduced vision of the territory, proportionate for from above vision, scalling and conventional graphical language, is so important that the maps finish fascinating all those that dominate this knowledge. The cartography became important in the education contemporary, as much to take care of our necessities, how much to study the environment where we live. Learning the physical, economic, social characteristics and human beings of environment, being able to understand the transformations caused for the action of the man and the natural phenomena throughout the time. Geography in turn has for task to describe and to analyze the knowledge that occurs in the surface and the subsoil of the land. The education of thematic maps is verified that, as content of geography in all the levels is of mere importance in the direction to create a cartographic mentality and consequently to awake the space perception in providing the agreement where we inhabit. The cartographic representation treats to improve the expressividade of the graphical characteristics of the elements that composes a map with the end to optimize the visualization process that transfers the information of the map to the consultant of the same. The paradigm communicator of the map defined for Kolancny (1969), Rataiski (1973), Morrison (1976) and Salichtchev (1978) affirmed that the drawing would have as purpose to show the visual form more clearly possible, the characteristics of the territories represented in the map.

According to Chorley Hagget (1995), ' ' the cartography, more specifically the maps establish bridges between the levels of comment and terico' '. The maps are the form most efficient to represent the information space and, therefore, they constitute the tool most important in geography. 4 CONCLUSION the present work looked for to contribute for the agreement of the importance of the visual representations of the cartography, for the education of geography. The maps are, therefore resources sufficiently important to locate, to inform or to orient themselves in the space, since that the individual knows to interpret it. The maps contain information on the geographic space. Thus, when reading them and interpreting them, we take knowledge of definitive aspects and characteristics of the space. Therefore, the maps are resources of great utility for geography. 5 REFERENCE dog/geodesia.ufsc.br/geodesia-online/arquivo/cobrac-2006/014 geo-formation Geography: man and space: the nature, the man and organization of the space, 5 series Elian Alabi Lucci, Anselmo Lazarus White rev. Current. – They are Pablo: Hail, 2005.