A: The Attribute Map view (or pseudo-map as it is not a true GIS layer) allows the user to see the currently applied attributes (colour/shape/size) for each sample in a spatial (north vs east) view.  Only one map will be displayed.  The Ranked Variable Map view displays a separate map view for each selected variable within the one window.  The element views show ranked values for each variable displayed using a colour ramp and a size ramp that increases from lowest to highest ranked values.