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Middle School

Earth's Systems

Topological Maps

Lesson Description:

A topographic map allows you to see a 3-dimensional landscape (mountains, hills, etc.) on a 2-dimensional surface (piece of paper or computer screen). Topographic maps show the land contours, mountains, valleys, water, and more.

This activity will help you understand how to read and use a topographic map. Features of a topographic include:
· Roads
· Buildings
· Power lines
· Lakes
· Rivers
· Mountains
· Valleys
· Slopes
· Forests
· Names of features