Topographic Map Quiz
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Topographic Map Quiz

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What do contour lines on a topographic map connect?

Points of equal elevation

What is the main purpose of topographic maps?

To show elevation

What do the contour lines on a topographic map represent?

Points of equal elevation

Who typically uses topographic maps?

<p>Hikers</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the function of contour lines on a topographic map?

<p>To indicate elevation</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the pink color on the geologic map represent?

<p>Granite rocks</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do solid colors typically indicate on a geologic map?

<p>Marine formed rocks</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do black markings on a geologic map usually represent?

<p>Geologic features</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do reds and oranges usually represent on a geologic map in the United States?

<p>Igneous rocks</p> Signup and view all the answers

Where are the explanations for the colors and patterns on a geologic map usually found?

<p>In the key or legend</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do contour lines on a topographic map represent?

<p>Elevation or height</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do hachures on a topographic map indicate?

<p>Depressions or holes in the landscape</p> Signup and view all the answers

What does the contour interval on a topographic map represent?

<p>The distance between any two side-by-side lines, representing the elevation change</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the purpose of index contours on a topographic map?

<p>To display the exact elevation of specific lines</p> Signup and view all the answers

What do tightly packed contour lines on a topographic map indicate?

<p>A sheer cliff or steep hill</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Understanding Topographic Maps

  • Contour lines on a topographic map represent the same height or altitude
  • These lines are like circles on a whipped cream or on a rock, connecting and forming circles when viewed from above
  • Most topographic maps show these lines in a light brown color
  • Index contours on the map display the exact elevation of specific lines, while other lines represent different elevations
  • Contour lines have specific rules: they cannot cross and form circles around hills or depressions
  • The contour interval is the distance between any two side-by-side lines, representing the elevation change
  • The closer the contour lines, the steeper the hill; a sheer cliff would have tightly packed lines, while a gentle slope would have more spread out lines
  • Contour lines form concentric circles around hills and mountains as elevation increases
  • Hachures on a map indicate depressions or holes, such as volcano craters or dips in a landscape
  • Geologic maps contain similar features to topographic maps
  • Topographic maps use index contours to label specific elevations and avoid clutter
  • Hachures are used to represent depressions, such as volcanoes or dips in the landscape

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Test your knowledge of topographic maps with this quiz. Learn about contour lines, index contours, contour intervals, hachures, and how to interpret elevation changes on a map. Understand how these maps represent the Earth's surface and its features.

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