Reading Topographic Maps and Calculating Map Scale
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Students will use a topographic map and define the watershed drained by Joe Brook, draw a bar scale, and calculate a ratio scale.
- apply quantitative skills to solve map scale problems
- discover the meaning of a watershed
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Assignment handout (Acrobat (PDF) bytes Jun25 06)
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
Ratio scales defined by the Geology Department at Idaho State University: http://geology.isu.edu/wapi/geostac/Field_Exercise/topomaps/map_scale.htm