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Describing Graphs

One of the most common types of graphs in the sciences is and X-Y scatter plot in which one variable is plotted against another. A graph of elevation versus horizontal distance is a good example and an intuitive starting point for geoscience students. Students should be able to describe what data is being graphed, the range of values, and how the data (elevation in this case) changes as one moves out from the origin using such descriptors as gradually increases, decreases rapidly, or increases rapidly and then levels off.

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