How Are Landforms Represented on Flat Maps?
ES0307  The Spacing of Contour Lines

This page shows a topographic map and a three-dimensional model of the same area.

  !   Click the arrow buttons to view the 3-D model from different angles, then answer the questions below.

Stephen J. Reynolds and Carla McAuliffe,
Arizona State University

5. Describe the overall shape of the landscape.

6. What do closely spaced contour lines indicate about the shape of a feature? In other words, when the lines are close together, does the feature have gentle slopes or steep sides?

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