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Los Angeles is prone to smog because of its topography.
  the features of the surface area of a region; or their study — especially changes in elevation
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  • Los Angeles is prone to smog because of its topography.
  • I always look at a topographical map before hiking.
  • But his hand was so tightly fisted that it was white, the veins standing out in a stark topography across the back of it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • The creature’s tentacles seemed to want to know everything: the shape of the glass, the topography of the coral below, the feel of the water all around.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • I envied the blind brothers, navigating a mercifully detail-free topography; the world in wireframe.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The maps reveal rumours of topography, the routes for invasion and trade, and the dark mad mind of travellers’ tales appears throughout Arab and Chinese and medieval records.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • A topographical map of veins runs up her hands and over her wrists, and she has dozens of tiny creases around her eyes.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Coal companies will tell you the decision to do surface versus deep mining is based on geology, topography, and pure economics.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Because of this topographical awkwardness Damogran has always remained a deserted planet.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Those through which Jurgis and Ona were walking resembled streets less than they did a miniature topographical map.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • A Les Miserables poster was nailed to the wall behind Andrews next to a topographical map of the U.S. A pot of tomato plants basked in the sun on the windowsill.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • The next page was a topographical map.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • We sat in meetings where we learned our assignments, studied the topography, and went over battle plans.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • I placed the one she wanted, a topographical map of the county, on the counter with the rest.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Some claimed the mountainous backdrop in Madonna of the Rocks matched the topography of a series of cave-ridden hills in Scotland.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The topography beneath his feet was that of Christ’s time.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Revolving all this in her mind, she cast her eyes around her, and arranged the topography of the garden in her head.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Depending on numerous factors, such as topography and psychology, the riflemen carried anywhere from 12 to 20 magazines, usually in cloth bandoliers, adding on another 8.4 pounds at minimum, 14 pounds at maximum.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • Thinking that his escape route had been cut off, he returned to the bus, a reasonable course of action, given his topographical ignorance.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • For a moment his whole life seemed to flash before him, not in a historical sense, no topography of the ups and downs that Mrs. Hallorann’s third son, Dick, had lived through, but his life as it was now.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • But under the deceptively clean and level slate the topography was the same, and instead of San Francisco or Europe or Mars I would be learning the old landscape, brook and hill and tree.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • "Map," Fang said, pulling out a faded topographical drawing.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • It was magnificent country, as topographically imposing as any landscape on earth, but it wasn’t wilderness, and hadn’t been for hundreds of years.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It can be based on no historical event; the topography is otherworldly in a manner which before it was not.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Fingers smelly from smoking, the topography of bruises across my skin and bones like a road map of all that had happened, every mile of the journey.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • The district is of historic, no less than of topographical interest.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • They did their best to fix it, but the topography remained uneven.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • Weird how it never worked in the daylight, when you could actually see the topography of someone’s face, the lines and bumps, the scars.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • At one time and another we had sent out topographical expeditions to survey and map the kingdom, but the priests had always interfered and raised trouble.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • "What an old-fashioned place it seems to be!" said Elizabeth-Jane, while her silent mother mused on other things than topography.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • It was here, at any rate, that my heroine spent many years of her life; which is my excuse for this topographical parenthesis.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • He had before him a relief model of the island made out of three square sections of rubber and with a pointer began to point out its topographical features, doing so with no flourishes.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • But in her topographical ignorance as a late comer to the place, she misreckoned the distance of her journey as not much more than half what it really was.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • I don’t know whether you have given much study to the topography.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • A horse’s body is a constantly shifting topography, with a bobbing head and neck and roiling muscle over the shoulders, back, and rump.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Despite living in New York City for most of his adult life, where he was surrounded by a large supply of story material that other writers had culled with critical and financial success over the years, Jack Cardinal had chosen to base all his novels upon the place the train was carrying his family to: the mountains of Virginia that rose high in the toe of the state’s topographical boot.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • July 1895 POSTSCRIPT To prevent disappointment to searchers for scenery it should be added that though the action of the narrative is supposed to proceed in the central and most secluded part of the heaths united into one whole, as above described, certain topographical features resembling those delineated really lie on the margin of the waste, several miles to the westward of the centre.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Any one who will take the trouble to compare these unanswerable evidences of the topographical skill of our fathers a century since, with the more accurate sketches of our own time, will at once perceive that the men of the woods had a sufficient justification for all their criticism on this branch of the skill of the colonial governments, which did not at all hesitate to place a river or a lake a degree or two out of the way, even though they lay within a day’s march of the inhabited…
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Old ones, new ones, maps topographical, cultural, political, and agricultural.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Dried algae stuck to the walls and the sand formed a strange topography on the floors.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • The topography favors an army lying in wait, ready to spring a surprise attack.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Maybe it’s the climate, the topography.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • He’d have to get a good topographical map of the area, in addition to the street map he had just bought.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • My topography was different.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • At every step he named some topographical or biographical detail that left nothing to be desired on the score of accuracy.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • Massachusetts, Connecticut River, and Boston Bay, you think paltry places, and the ear loves names of foreign and classic topography.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Like the trappers and explorers who first came through these Indian lands, we would throw away our topographical map and sense our way to the top.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Assigned to cover the opening ceremony, Herbert decided to scout the grounds ahead of time to get a more detailed sense of the fair’s topography.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Nevertheless, any marked change in the topography of the country was registered, perhaps photographed on her memory by the torturing vividness of her experience.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • When discussing taxation, does "local" knowledge mean being topographically familiar with every mountain, river, stream, highway, and road in each State?
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
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