Visualizing Topography

Stephen J. Reynolds, Julia K. Johnson, Carla McAullif, Michael Piburn, University of Arizona

This module helps students learn to identify terrain features on topographic maps. QuickTime movies and interactive animations that illustrate features in three dimensions are compared to static topographic maps to help users recognize the same features in two dimensions. Viewers can manipulate animations of hills, valleys, and cliffs to see the terrain from various angles. The module also provides instruction on how to read contour lines. Questions and example answers help students practice and measure their progress.

Part of the Starting Point collection. The Starting Point collection includes resources addressing the needs of faculty and graduate students designing, developing, and delivering entry-level undergraduate courses in geoscience.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Geomorphology:GIS/Mapping/Field Techniques, Landforms/Processes, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations, Geography:Physical
Resource Type: Audio/Visual, Maps, Images/Illustrations, Activities, Audio/Visual:Animations/Video
Special Interest: Visualization
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), High School (9-12), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Solid Earth:Structural Geology:Structural Visualizations (Maps/Air Photos/Images/Cross Sections/Projections), Earth surface, Solid Earth:Structural Geology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Structural Geology, Geomorphology