British and North American geomorphologists might be surprised to read that 'geomorphological mapping is at present the main research method of geomorphology in numerous countries' (Demek & Embleton 1978, p. 313). The excitement of work on process mechanisms, and the decline of the spatial tradition in geography, have pushed mapping to the periphery of academic concern, though it is important everywhere in applied work. The production of comprehensive geomorphological maps has a very low priority in Britain and North America, but many field-based publications contain maps of selected features relevant to their themes; these features may be the dominant landforms within the limited areas involved. Here, content and graphic design will be reviewed, followed by scale and applications.