Topographic maps show the landscape in detail. They show the land's contours, elevations, mountains, valleys, bodies of water, vegetation and more. Knowing how to use a topographic map can make cross-country hiking navigation a cinch. Take this quiz to learn more about topographic maps.
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What's the difference between a topographic map and a regular map?
Question 2 of 20
When was the first topographic map made in the United States?
Question 3 of 20
What technology made it easier to make topographic maps since the 1940s?
Question 4 of 20
Which of these landscape details is not shown by topographic maps?
Question 5 of 20
In which of these fields are topographic maps not used?
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What do green symbols denote on a topographic map?
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What do blue symbols denote on a topographic map?
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What do gray or red symbols denote on a topographic map?
Question 9 of 20
How are houses shown on topographic maps?
Question 10 of 20
What feature are found most commonly on a topographic map?
Question 11 of 20
Which landscape feature is shown by a contour map?
Question 12 of 20
What are the even spaces between the various contour lines known as?
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What are the darker contour lines known as?
Question 14 of 20
On a topographic map, how do you know you are looking at a steep slope?
Question 15 of 20
On a topographic map, what contour feature does not denote a relatively flat terrain?
Question 16 of 20
What is the first number of a scale on a topographic map?
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What scale is commonly used on U.S. topographic maps?
Question 18 of 20
How many topographic maps does it take to show all the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii and territories?
Question 19 of 20
What is the scale of topographic maps used by town planners and engineers?
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