# Science (Maps)

Must all topographic maps have a contour line that represents 0 m of elevation?

I'm not sure about this question, but I don't think you do need a line of 0 m because each contour line is exactly the same apart from each other, so you could just subtract that amount to get zero. Am I right?

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1. That depends on the location you're mapping. The lowest point on the contour map is marked. It could be 0 if the lowest part of the map is at sea level, or it could be below 0, if part of the map is below sea level.

http://raider.muc.edu/~mcnaugma/Topographic%20Maps/contour.htm

Each contour line represents the height of a landform. If it's a map of a steep hill, the contour lines are close together. If it's a map of gentle hills, the contour lines are much farther apart.

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Ms. Sue
2. thank you Ms. Sue. I had a very steep rock, and the lines were close together. I guess not every landform must have a 0m contour line then.

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