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How to Read a Topographic Map

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  • Reed, Mary. "How to Read a Topo Map." Get Out! 2009. (April 8, 2020) http://www.getoutzine.com/node/593
  • Riesterer, Jim. "Map Scales." Geospatial Training & Analysis Cooperative. April 7, 2008. (April 8, 2020) http://geology.isu.edu/wapi/geostac/Field_Exercise/topomaps/map_scale.htm
  • U.S. Geological Survey. "Map Scales." Aug. 3, 2006. (April 8, 2020) https://prd-wret.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/assets/palladium/production/atoms/files/Map%20Scales.pdf
  • U.S. Geological Survey."Topographic Map Symbols." April 28, 2005. (April 8, 2020) https://prd-wret.s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/assets/palladium/production/atoms/files/Topographic%20Map%20Symbols.pdf
  • U.S. Geological Survey. "Topographic Mapping." Feb. 25, 2008. (Feb. 13, 2009) http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/topo/topo.html
  • U.S. Geological Survey. "USGS Maps Online Edition." April 13, 2005. (Feb. 13, 2009) http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/usgsmaps/usgsmaps.html

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