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Topographic maps

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Contour interval
The elevation from one contour line to the next
Contour line
Connects points of equal elevation on a topographic map by using isolines
Topgraphic map
shows surface features of an area
USGS
The government agancy responsible for making topographic maps in the U.S.
Uses of a topographic map
planning a hike, bike ride, building a house etc.
Elevation
Height above sea level
Relief
Difference in elevation (from the highest in an area to the lowest)
Landform
Feature of topography (Mountains, valleys, hills,etc)
Topography
The shape of the land
3 major types of landforms
Plains, Plateau, Mountains
Plain
Low elevation (flat land) and low relief
Coastal plain
A plain that lies along the coast (by the sea)
Interior plain
A plain that is not near the coast
Plateau
High elevation and low relief (flat land)
Mountain
High elevation and high relief