Department of Earth Science |Northeastern Illinois University

ESCI 121

Section 06
Fall 2009

Daily Objectives #22  (November 19, 2009)                                                                                                         Dr. Sanders

By the end of today's class, you should be able to do the following:


w   Using a topographic map, determine the difference between steep and gentle slopes.

  Using a topographic map, find the elevation of a point.

  Determine the direction a stream flows based on a topographic map.

  Using a USGS topographic map, identify these landforms/features:

            ○  hill                               ○  valley                                   ○  closed depression (basin)
            ○  stream                        ○  intermittent stream            ○  lake

w   Using the scale on a topographic map, find the distance between two points.

w   Use a topographic map to estimate the latitude and longitude of a point.

w   Explain what is meant by "7.5-minute quadrangle".
Using the topographic quadrangles provided, find at least one place that illustrates each of the following features.  Label and place a sticky note on one map or the other, to indicate the location of each feature.  It is necessary to find each feature only once.  
* a gentle slope
* a steep slope
* a closed depression
* a round hill top
* a ridge (elongated hilltop)
* a lake

* a benchmark
* a stream; find two places where contour lines cross the same stream and put sticky notes on the map to show both places.  Tell what direction the stream is flowing.

* a “Gaging Station” along a stream

* a forested or undeveloped area (how can you tell?)

* an urban area (how can you tell?)

w   Delineate a watershed based on a topographic map.

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Copyright 2009 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated November 19, 2009.