Map Analysis

Physiographic Provinces are regions based upon the similar characteristics of the topographic features. Refer to the following sites to answer the questions below.

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain

Physiographic Regions

Alabama Physical Features

Maryland Geology

1. In what physiographic province is Cumberland, MD located?
2. In what physiographic province is Jacksonville, AL located?
3. How is the topography of Cumberland similar to that of Jacksonville?
4. How is the topography of Cumberland different from that of Jacksonville?


Compare your map to the 1949, photorevised 1974 version at the Cumberland, Maryland Topographic Quadrangle website. Answer the following questions.

5. How has the topography influence the settlement patterns?
6. How did the presence of the water gaps and wind gaps facilitate the transportation infrastructure of the area?
7. How has the area of urbanization changed since 1949?
8. Is strip mining still occurring in this area?
9. If you lived here, where do you think you would go to do most of your shopping, and what were the advantages of this site?
10. Where is the most rapidly growing area of professional/upper middle class single family residential development? Why?
11. What natural hazards would be most common in this region?


12. Determine the gradient of the entire stream flowing in the area between 686000 meters E, 4395000 meters N and 687000 meters E, 4396000 meters N. Record the elevation of the head and the mouth, the rise, the run, and the gradient.
13. Determine the gradient of Rush Run from the first contour above where it is originating as mapped to the last contour before it exits the map area. Record the elevation of these points, the rise, the run, and the gradient.

Keep these answers available for when you take the quiz on this lesson.

Complete the laboratory quiz at the distance learning site.