What Are Topographic Maps?


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Topographic maps are heavily detailed maps that show not only natural structures and terrain, like vegetation and hydrography, but also man-made structures like buildings and roads. Topographic maps typically contain names of places as well as borders and boundaries.

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While there is no set standard for defining a topographic map, they can be recognized by their extensive detail. Other maps, like planimetric maps, do not include elevation data. Similarly, choreographic maps typically span over a far greater area with less detail. Due to the great detail of topographic maps, they can be used for a wide variety of purposes, ranging from urban planning to hiking.

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