Double Cone Quarterly
Spring Equinox 2002 -- Volume V, Number 1
M A P      M A N I A
by Phil Williamson


Welcome back to Map Mania!

As you'll recall, we skipped this feature last issue due to time constraints, but we've come roaring back with some brand-spankin'-new puzzles that will, we hope, give all you mapheads out there something to sink your teeth into.

The puzzles should be familiar by now: the Digital Elevation Model (DEM), the aerial photograph, and the time-honored traditional map snippets are all here. So get to it!

When you've got it all straightened out, send your list of answers via email to mapmania@ventanawild.org. The first one to correctly solve all the puzzles will be rewarded with a copy of the Wilderness Handbook, and can expect one of these super-informative booklets in the mailbox shortly after making the competiton eat crow.


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Answers to the Fall Equinox 2001 Map Mania Puzzle:

Snippet 1: Indian Valley. Snippet 2: Devils Peak. Snippet 3: Mount Mars.


Digital Elevation Model (DEM):
Big Sur 7.5' USGS Quad:

1. Pico Blanco
2. South Fork Little Sur
3. Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp
4. Bottchers Gap
Aerial Photo: Tassajara Hot Springs.

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MAP SNIPPETS

Below you'll find three snippets from the various 7.5' USGS topographic quads that cover the northern Santa Lucia. Each snippet represents a unique and describable place somewhere on the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest. As always, it is not entirely unimaginable that identifying text or symbols may have been digitally removed from any or all of the snippets, in the hope of sowing confusion and despair among our readers.

What we're looking for this time are placenames only - don't worry about quad name, Township/Range/Section, etc.


snip1.jpg SNIPPET 1
Name the peak.
snip2.jpg SNIPPET 2
Name the camp.
snip3.jpg SNIPPET 3
What creek??


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DIGITAL ELEVATION MODEL (DEM)

Below is a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of part of a USGS 7.5' quad showing a an area lying partially within the Ventana Wilderness. The view direction is south. Identify by name the camp indicated at point 1 and the geographical features indicated at points 2 and 3.


dem.jpg


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AERIAL PHOTO

Below is an aerial photograph of a well-known location in the Ventana Wilderness area. Identify by name the geographical features indicated by the red numerals and the named locations indicated by the red letters. North is at the top of the image.


aerial2.jpg


OK, think you have it all figured out? Email your answers to us at  mapmania@ventanawild.org. As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, praise and abuse. Drop us a line.

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