Caliper Mapping and Transportation Glossary

DEFINITION

What is relief? What is a relief map?

Relief is the variations in the elevation of the ground surface, also features of height above a plain or reference datum. On a relief map, relief is depicted by hachures or shading, or, more accurately, by contours or by spot elevations or both.

What is a contour/contour definition: Map with elevation contours in San Francisco created with Maptitude map software

This relief map shows elevation contours. Hills are steeper where the contours are closer together and higher where the color is lighter. The darker relief contours are labeled to show their elevation above sea level.

GIS Software for Creating Relief Maps

Maptitude Mapping Software gives you all of the tools, maps, and data you need to analyze and understand how geography affects you and your business. With Maptitude you can create relief maps that use contours.

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