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contour map

a topographic map on which the shape of the land surface is shown by contour lines, the relative spacing of the lines indicating the relative slope of the surface.
Origin of contour map
1860-65 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contour map
  • The shape of the world pops out easily from laser data because they represent a direct contour map of the surrounding area.
  • The top of this drawing is a contour map showing the hills that are illustrated at the bottom.
  • We delineated watershed boundaries, by hand, on the contour map created from the preeruption digital terrain data.
  • Collected depth data were combined with a shoreline map to create a depth contour map.
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contour map in Science
contour map  
A map that shows elevations above sea level and surface features of the land by means of contour lines.
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