STEM Learning Module

Bathymetry: Making Topographic Maps

Contour maps
Ocean Exploration Trust

Students will learn how to draw and interpret topographic maps to describe geographical terrains. Using provided contour maps, true profiles of underwater and coastal features can be constructed.

Objectives & learning outcomes

  • Students analyze and interpret contour maps describing topography in order to describe their three-dimensional structure. 
  • Students will also be able to identify the best technology used in authentic research to map these features.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Grade level

Grade level

Time & materials

Time & materials
Scale: one of three
Prep time and materials cost minimal, may require printing.