INTRO TO EARTH SCIENCE

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INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE
ESCI 121
Fall 2010
Section 0
6

DAILY OBJECTIVES

An extra credit opportunity has been posted on the Assignments page.

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

TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS


Examine and describe the implications of these images of traditional and contour plowing (click on each image to see it in its original context):

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

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  (Review) Define these terms:   

           
topography           topographic map          
                 ○
contour line         contour interval


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

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Using a topographic map, determine the elevation of the top of a hill or mountain.

w Using only the shape of contour lines (not numbers) on a topographic map, determine the direction of flow of a stream.

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

            ○  hill                    ○  valley                        ○  closed depression (basin)
            ○  stream              ○  intermittent stream     ○  lake
            ○  floodplain           ○  an urbanized area

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  Use a topographic map to estimate the latitude and longitude of a point, using the lat/long markings on the side of the map and the four crosses dividing each quad into nine 2.5' x 2.5' portions.

w   Locate a hachured contour line on a topographic map and tell what it indicates about the topography.

w Demonstrate that you can distinguish between steep slopes and gentle slopes as illustrated on a topographic map.

 
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