Contour Lines and Elevation

Stephen J Reynolds, Carla McAuliffe, Exploring Earth

This animation features a static image of a contour surface on the left and an oblique 3-D view of the same area. Upon starting the animation, by clicking adjacent arrows, a surface of water begins to rise. By examining the views in both windows, a simulated flood shows how contour lines trace out equal elevations and how concave/convex undulations in the contour lines would be represented in 3-D. The animation can be paused and rewound to stress important points.

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This resource is referenced here:Keywords: topographic maps, reading maps, contour lines