How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps


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Which of the following best describes a Topographic Map?

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1. Which of the following is not true about contour lines?


Use the contour map below to answer the following question.

Which of the following colored dots represent the steepest portion of the map?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Understanding maps can take some time, but this quiz and worksheet can help speed up the process as you check your comprehension of key terms. You'll also have to apply your knowledge by answering questions about what is depicted on a contour map.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these assessments, students will have to define:

  • Contour lines
  • Geologic map
  • Topographic map

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet test you on the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately describe terms like geologic map and topographic map
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the components of contour lines
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can interpret what the colors and shapes on a contour map represent

Additional Learning

To learn more about maps, you can watch the related video lesson called How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps. The lesson covers topics that include:

  • Basics of topographic maps
  • Contour rules
  • How to show depressions or holes on a topographic map
  • Geologic maps and the use of color