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Definition the features of the surface area of a region; or their study — especially changes in elevation
  • Los Angeles is prone to smog because of its topography.
  • I always look at a topographical map before hiking.
  • Because he had no topographic map, however, he had no way of conceiving that salvation was so close at hand.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • topographic = showing features of the surface area
  • 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
  • topographical = regarding features of the surface area of a region
  • Unlike McCandless, however, I have in my backpack a 1:63,360-scale topographic map (that is, a map on which one inch represents one mile).
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • topographic = showing the features of the surface area of a region — especially changes in elevation
  • Given the treacherous nature of the local topography (most of the cliffs that riddle the region are composed of Navajo sandstone, a crumbly stratum that erodes into smooth, bulging precipices) and Ruess's penchant for dangerous climbing, this is a credible scenario.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • topography = features of the surface area of a region
  • If McCandless had possessed a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map, it would have alerted him to the existence of a Park Service cabin on the upper Sushana River, six miles due south of the bus, a distance he might have been able to cover even in his severely weakened state.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • topographic = showing the features of the surface area of a region — especially changes in elevation
  • 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
  • Maybe it's the climate, the topography.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • They did their best to fix it, but the topography remained uneven.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • The topography beneath his feet was that of Christ's time.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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
  • I envied the blind brothers, navigating a mercifully detail-free topography; the world in wireframe.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • We sat in meetings where we learned our assignments, studied the topography, and went over battle plans.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • 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
  • Old ones, new ones, maps topographical, cultural, political, and agricultural.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • My topography was different.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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