Introduction to Topographic Maps
Introduction to Topographic Maps
Learn how to use topographic maps to determine elevations, landform types, principles of scale, location, and much more including how to use a compass with a topo map.

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You will Learn:

  • general topographic map information including symbols and map scales
  • understanding latitude and longitude
  • principles of contour lines and how to draw a contour map
  • making topographic profiles
  • how topo maps are made including aerial photographs and satellite images
  • other topics include: the Public Land Survey and the Universal Transverse Mercator

Features Include:

  • Written by Kenneth Pinzke, Belleville Area College. Illustrated by Dennis Tasa.
  • use with an electronic topo map in the program or with an actual printed map
  • animations and interactive activities that enhance understanding
  • narration than can be turned on/off
  • review questions that reinforce concepts covered
  • quiz results that can be used to generate a printed record

Grade levels:

  • 7–12

Teacher Resources:

System Requirements
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1 and 10; QuickTime is required.
Reviews

Robert Burnham - from EARTH Magazine

“…University geology departments and high schools that offer advanced classes will find this CD helpful, as will any earth science buff wishing to understand topo maps.”
Standards
Correlates to Next Generation Science Standards for Earth Science:
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS3.A: Natural Resources
Supports Common Core Literacy in Science Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1,2,4,5,7,8,9
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