Difference between revisions of "Contour line"

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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' contour, isohypse, isoheight.) A line of constant [[elevation]] above a certain  reference level (usually [[mean sea level]]) on a previously defined surface, which may be the earth's  surface, a [[constant-pressure surface]], an [[isentropic surface]], etc.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">A contour line of a given value is the intersection of the surface in question with the [[constant-  height surface]] of the same elevation as the value of the contour line. In meteorology, a contour  line frequently refers to a line of constant height on a [[constant-pressure chart]]. <br/>''Compare'' [[isobar]].</div><br/> </div>
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<div class="definition"><div class="short_definition">(''Also called'' contour, isohypse, isoheight.) A line of constant [[elevation]] above a certain  reference level (usually [[mean sea level]]) on a previously defined surface, which may be the earth's  surface, a [[constant-pressure surface]], an [[isentropic surface]], etc.</div><br/> <div class="paragraph">A contour line of a given value is the intersection of the surface in question with the [[constant-height surface|constant-  height surface]] of the same elevation as the value of the contour line. In meteorology, a contour  line frequently refers to a line of constant height on a [[constant-pressure chart]]. <br/>''Compare'' [[isobar]].</div><br/> </div>
 
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Latest revision as of 15:42, 25 April 2012



contour line

(Also called contour, isohypse, isoheight.) A line of constant elevation above a certain reference level (usually mean sea level) on a previously defined surface, which may be the earth's surface, a constant-pressure surface, an isentropic surface, etc.

A contour line of a given value is the intersection of the surface in question with the constant- height surface of the same elevation as the value of the contour line. In meteorology, a contour line frequently refers to a line of constant height on a constant-pressure chart.
Compare isobar.