Scenes of Cumberland, MD Topographic Quadrangle

The topographic quadrangle for Cumberland, MD is frequently used as the TEXTBOOK example of water gaps and wind gaps. This quadrangle can readily represent many topographic map features. The following photographs exemplify a selection of such physical and cultural features found on topographic maps. Match the letter of the photo with the numbered map location. Choose from two maps:

map with dots designating location approximately 300 K image
map with dots and arrows designating location and direction approximately 3 M image

An aid to viewing is provided after the photo list. Many physical geography, geology, earth science, and cartography books And laboratory manuals include the symbol sheet used by the USGS on their topographic quadrangles. If it is not handy, it can be found at http://erg.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/booklets/symbols/.

photo A
photo B
photo C
photo D
photo E
photo F
photo G
photo H
photo I
photo J
photo K
photo L
photo M
photo N
photo O
photo P
photo Q
photo R
photo S
photo T
photo U
photo V
photo W
photo X

Aid to Viewing

Photo A

From what level was this taken?
What are the four linear features near the center of the view?

Photo B

What cultural feature is on the left?
What is the large building in the background?
Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?

Photo C

What is in the foreground?
What is in the distance to the right of the center?
What is the gray feature near the center?
What is the building on the left?

Photo D

What is the white thing in the distance on the right?
What do the letters on it indicate?
What is the shape of the red building? (Examine it closely.)
For what is this building used?
What are the dark vehicles parked in the distance at the right?

Photo E

Look very closely in the center and top to identify a blue object.
What goes by it?

Photo F

What is in the center of the photo?
What is made of wood in front of that?
What is made of metal?
What do those go over?

Photo G

What is in the center of the photo?
From what was this photo taken?

Photo H

How many levels are visible?
From what level was this taken?
What is red on the right (see the shadow)?
From what was this photo taken?
What all is in the center?
What is in the distance?

Photo I

Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?
What is the red object in the distance behind the white car?
What is the distant building to the left of that?
What is the large building on the left?

Photo J
What is in the center of the photo?
What are the two things that cross it?
Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?
What kind of traffic can be handled here?

Photo K

From what level is this taken?
What is in the center?
What is in the distance?
What is just to the right?

Photo L

Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?
What is in the foreground?
What is in the distance?
What mode of transportation might be on the top?

Photo M

What is in the foreground?
What is in the center of the photo?

Photo N

From what level is this taken?
What is in the foreground?
What is in the center of the photo?
What two means of transportation are indicated?

Photo O

What levels are shown?
What is the orangish feature near the center?

Photo P

From what level was this taken?
What is the green and white thing just below the center?
What is beside it?

Photo Q

What is in front of the white car?
How many levels are shown?
What topographic feature is above and behind the metal structure?
Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?
What is behind and below the metal structure?
What is to the left of the semi?
What is between the telephone poles?

Photo R

What is the shadow on the road?
What is at the top of the photo?
What is to the left of the road?
What is above that?

Photo S

Is this neighborhood industrial, urban, rural, or residential?
What is in the foreground?
What is in the background on the left?

Photo T

What topographic feature is between the two tall trees and above the dark wire?

Photo U

How many levels are visible?
From what was this taken?
What is to the right of the pavement?
What is above that?
What is above that?
What three features are to the left of the pavement?
What is the most distant vehicle? : (

Photo V

Through what is this looking?
What is behind that?
What is off to the right not in view?

Photo W

From what was this taken?
What is to the right?
What is to the right of that?
What topographic feature is in the center of the view?
Is the photo taken within this feature?
Why is it not completely forested?

Photo X

What is shown in the photo?
From where was the photo taken?