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27 Ideas for Teaching With Topographic Maps
Entry ID: USGS_TEACH_TOPO_MAPS
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Summary
Abstract: The USGS publishes approximately 57,000 different topographic maps covering the United States. Topographic maps show contour lines (elevation and landforms), hydrography (rivers, lakes, marshes), transportation (roads, trails, railroads, airports), vegetation, boundaries, survey markers, urban areas, buildings, and a variety of other features. These maps are drawn according to the National Map Accuracy Standard and are most commonly published at 1:24,000; 1:100,000; 1:250,000; and 1:500,000-scale, although many other map scales exist.

Topographic maps are a fantastic teaching resource for educators. They can be used in a variety of ways in the science, math, geography, and history curriculum, from elementary to college level. The following ideas may be used as an aid in building educational lessons or to spark your own ideas for using them in the curriculum.

The Topographic Maps Tutorial from the Geospatial Training and Analysis Cooperative, Idaho State University, includes sections devoted to "What is a Map?," Reference Datum, Map Projections, Distortions, Grid Systems, Geographic Coordinates, UTM, State Plane, Public Land Survey, Using Topo Maps, Map Scale, Magnetic Declination, Vertical Scale, Creating Profiles, Vertical Exaggeration, Calculating Slope, Using a Compass, Setting Magnetic Declination, Get a Bearing, Go from A to B, Find Self on a Map, and four field exercises using topographic maps.

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Originators: U.S. Geological Survey
Title: 27 Ideas for Teaching With Topographic Maps
Provider: U.S. Geological Survey
URL: http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/teachingtopomaps.html
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ELEVATION
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Education Department, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior

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Name: ASK USGS
Phone: 1-888-275-8747
Email: ask at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
Province or State: Virginia
Postal Code: 20192
Country: USA
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Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees
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ELIZABETH M.. COLVARD
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 650-329-4498
Email: ecolvard at usgs.gov

TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2010-11-01
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-02-03
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