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What do mapmakers call the shapes and pictures used to represent features on Earth's surface?

Last Updated: 4th September, 2021

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Earth Science - Mapping Earth's Surface
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GLOBE A sphere that represents Earth's surface.
SCALE Used to compare distance on a map or globe to distance on Earth's surface.
SYMBOLS On a map, pictures used by mapmakers to stand for features on Earth's surface.
KEY A list of the symbols used on a map.

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Correspondingly, what is the term describing the shape of the land surface?

Topography is the shape of the land. And area's topography may be flat, sloping, hilly, or mountainous. The topography of and area includes the area's elevation, relief, and landforms. Landform is feature of topograpy, such as a hill or valley, formed by the processes that shape Earth's surface.

Similarly, what is the relationship between landforms relief and elevation? A landform is usually identified by its surface form and location. Scientists use the term elevation to describe the height above sea level of a particular feature. Relief is a term that scientists use to describe differences in elevation.

what is one type of image that represents Earth's surface?

To represent the Earth's surface, images and maps are both used. The types of images used include the aerial images, which are captured from the airplanes; and satellite images which are taken from the satellites in the space.

How are Earth's features mapped?

Topography is the mountains, plains, rivers, and other features of the Earth. A topographical map shows the different shapes and sizes of the land features. They show changes in elevation over the Earth's surface. Topographical maps use lines, symbols, and colors to show these changes.

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