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Topographic Maps

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Topographic maps can seem very busy to the untrained eye, but they are actually ingenious 2D representations of our 3D world.

This slideshow introduces the elements that topographical maps share with conventional maps: e.g. symbols, colors, grid lines, scale, and key.

In addition, the presentation explains contour lines – what they mean and how to read them.

The slideshow concludes with photos of famous national park landmarks shown side by side with the USGS topographic map of the area.

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