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.
What's the difference between a topographic map and a regular map?
Topographic maps show a three-dimensional landscape, regular maps don't.
Topographic maps are heavy, regular maps are light.
Topographic maps are expensive, regular maps are cheap.
When was the first topographic map made in the United States?
What technology made it easier to make topographic maps since the 1940s?
Which of these landscape details is not shown by topographic maps?
depth of the water table
types of manmade structures
types of vegetation
In which of these fields are topographic maps not used?
What do green symbols denote on a topographic map?
What do blue symbols denote on a topographic map?
What do gray or red symbols denote on a topographic map?
dense built-up areas
How are houses shown on topographic maps?
small yellow triangles
big red circles
small black squares
What feature are found most commonly on a topographic map?
small black squares
Which landscape feature is shown by a contour map?
What are the even spaces between the various contour lines known as?
What are the darker contour lines known as?
On a topographic map, how do you know you are looking at a steep slope?
Contours are all thicker.
Contours are close together.
Contours are all red.
On a topographic map, what contour feature does not denote a relatively flat terrain?
Contours have wide spaces between them.
Contours are absent.
Contours are thinner.
What is the first number of a scale on a topographic map?
What scale is commonly used on U.S. topographic maps?
How many topographic maps does it take to show all the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii and territories?
What is the scale of topographic maps used by town planners and engineers?
scale of 1:600
scale of 1:1200
scale of 1:2400
Where is the north direction on a topographic map?