Topographic maps display three-dimensional landscapes on two-dimensional surfaces. These concise maps offer a great deal of spatial information in minimal space. However, it is often difficult for people to interpret the features on a topographic map. This interactive activity adapted from Stephen Reynolds's Visualizing Topography website offers color-enhanced and three-dimensional visualizations to help interpret two-dimensional topographic maps.
This media asset was adapted from Visualizing Topography by Stephen J. Reynolds, Julia K. Johnson, Carla McAulliff, and Michael Piburn.
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