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Road Scholar B

Postby freed2003 » September 6th, 2016, 8:00 pm

How do you find the magnetic declination?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby freed2003 » September 9th, 2016, 8:32 pm

New question
What is the different between a slope gradient and stream gradient?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » December 26th, 2016, 4:23 pm

1. Magnetic declination can be found in the bottom center-ish left of a quad (at least for USGS 7.5 series maps) It is abbreviated by the term MN, which stands for Magnetic North. It is often a certain amount of degrees east or west of true north (indicated by the line with the star) and will often have a mileage to substitute with the degrees.

2. Stream Gradient is the gradient of water (rivers, streams, other things...) and is measured in either degrees, or feet up or down, per every 1000 feet.

Slope gradient is the equivalent for land, and is measured per every 100 feet.


New question: Why are maps within a certain series, and what does it mean? (7.5 minute series quad, or 15 minute series quad...)

I also have a fun riddle like question that I thought would be fun:
A man walks one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north.
He ends up in the same place he started.
Where on planet Earth is he?

Can you find the second possible location?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » December 27th, 2016, 9:14 am

New question: Why are maps within a certain series, and what does it mean? (7.5 minute series quad, or 15 minute series quad...)

I also have a fun riddle like question that I thought would be fun:
A man walks one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north.
He ends up in the same place he started.
Where on planet Earth is he?

Can you find the second possible location?
The number (such as the given 7.5 or 15) tells the length and width of the area the quadrangle represents in minutes of latitude and longitude

Answer to the riddle: Because earth is an oblate spheroid, at the north pole all 'directions' point south. Therefore, starting from the north pole, moving south, then west (along a parallel), then north would bring you back to the north pole.
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » December 27th, 2016, 9:16 am

New question: How are airports identified on road maps?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » December 27th, 2016, 12:47 pm

Answer to the riddle: Because earth is an oblate spheroid, at the north pole all 'directions' point south. Therefore, starting from the north pole, moving south, then west (along a parallel), then north would bring you back to the north pole.
And just north of the south pole, so the circumference is exactly one mile around!

Anyway, Airfields are often dashed rectangles, or if paved, a solid rectangle. All aprons and taxiways should be outlined too.

New Question: Billy lives in Nashville, and wants to find the PLSS of his house. Can he do this? or not...
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » December 28th, 2016, 7:21 am

Billy lives in Nashville, and wants to find the PLSS of his house. Can he do this? or not...
Nope! Nashville is in Tennessee, which isn't included in the PLSS. Here's a new question:
If you see a 'BM' on a quadrangle map, what is it indicating?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » December 28th, 2016, 5:33 pm

Bench Mark, or in other words, those benches you find at the park that have some dead dude buried underneath it.

What is the name of the river that flows from Grand Junction (western Colorado) to the Gulf of Mexico
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Meteorology: 11th
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » December 30th, 2016, 12:17 pm

Bench Mark, or in other words, those benches you find at the park that have some dead dude buried underneath it.

What is the name of the river that flows from Grand Junction (western Colorado) to the Gulf of Mexico
great now im going to be thinking of dead people on park benches every time im taking a road scholar test

as for the answer, could it be the Colorado River? (not sure on this one)

Question: Do odd numbered interstate routes run E-W or N-S?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » December 30th, 2016, 5:15 pm

as for the answer, could it be the Colorado River? (not sure on this one)
Ha! Gottem! first of all, the Colorado river flows into the gulf of california. (that long gulf thing in Mexico). But the real answer is NONE! why? because western Colorado is on the west side of the continental divide :)

In regard to your question:

2 complete years of Road Scholar (including 2 National tourneys), legit almost every RS test on the world wide web, and I've never come across a question of the sort:)

(in other words: I don't know)

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » December 31st, 2016, 9:40 am

2 complete years of Road Scholar (including 2 National tourneys), legit almost every RS test on the world wide web, and I've never come across a question of the sort:)

(in other words: I don't know)
Even numbered interstates always run E-W and odd numbered ones always run N-S
at states last year i mixed them up and ohhhh gosh mistakes were made

Heres a different one I guess:
What's an azimuth? Why is it so important?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby snorrio » February 7th, 2017, 8:37 pm

What is a bus terminus?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » February 7th, 2017, 8:52 pm

What is a bus terminus?
It's like a train station or airport for busses. Usually coach busses, but it can vary.
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Meteorology: 11th
Gliders: 21st

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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby Fanglin » February 7th, 2017, 8:55 pm

Image What kind of lake is Horseshoe Lake and how is it formed?
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Re: Road Scholar B

Postby NeilMehta » February 10th, 2017, 12:58 am

Image What kind of lake is Horseshoe Lake and how is it formed?
It's an oxbow lake. It forms when contestant erosion and deposition forms a shorter path in a meandering stream (woo earth science!)

What does UTM stand for and what does it mean?
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