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What is the difference between a contour map and a topographic map?

Topographic maps use contour lines to represent the terrain or relief of a region . Contour mapping would be a subset of topographic mapping as topographic maps show both natural and man made features while contour mapping shows only natural features by means of contour lines.

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Also to know is, what is a contour map used for?

Contour Lines: Contour lines are used to determine elevations and are lines on a map that are produced from connecting points of equal elevation (elevation refers to height in feet, or meters, above sea level).

Beside above, what type of map is a topographic map? In modern mapping, a topographic map or topographic chart is a type of map characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief, usually using contour lines, but historically using a variety of methods.

Herein, what is the difference between a topographic map and a bathymetric map?

A map is a flat model of all or part of Earth's surface drawn to a specific scale. Topographic maps show elevation of landforms above sea level. Bathymetric maps show depths of landforms below sea level. Topographic elevations and the bathymetric depths are often shown with contour lines.

What is the contour interval of the topographic map?

5.5 Contour Lines and Intervals. A contour line is a line drawn on a topographic map to indicate ground elevation or depression. A contour interval is the vertical distance or difference in elevation between contour lines. Index contours are bold or thicker lines that appear at every fifth contour line.

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