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Mountains, Plains, and Plateaus: Map Shows Topography of the U.S.
Released: 11/7/1996

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U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Lesley Ogrosky 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4460

The complexity and variety of our Nation’s topography are shown on the map, "Landforms of the Conterminous United States," by the U.S. Geological Survey.

From the Appalachian ridges in the East to the San Andreas fault in the West, this computer-generated relief map shows landforms as small as one mile.

Having the appearance of a black and white aerial photograph, the map was produced by computer manipulation of elevation data.

The map is accompanied by a pamphlet explaining how image processing and computer graphics have automated the art of landform portrayal. The pamphlet also identifies topographic features, geographic regions, and state boundaries of the U.S.

"Landforms of the Conterminous United States--A Digital Shaded Relief Portrayal," (I-2206) is available from USGS Information Services, Box 25286, Denver, Co., 80225, for $4.00 plus a $3.50 handling fee per order. Credit card orders can be faxed to 303-202-4693.

For more USGS earth science information, call 1-800-ASK-USGS, call the USGS fax-on-demand system at (703) 648-4888 or check the World Wide Web at http://www.usgs.gov.

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(Note to Editors: Copies of I-2206 are available to the news media at no cost by calling the USGS Office of Outreach/Public Affairs at 703-648-4460.)

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