= THE DOUBLE-CONE QUARTERLY
A WINDOW TO THE WILD
Fall Equinox 1998 || Volume I, Number 2
TEST YOUR TOPOGRAPHIC KNOW-HOW
Well, we have to say that the response to last quarter's map puzzler
was a little on the disappointing side. In fact, not long ago we were all
sitting around the office eating donuts, drinking coffee and sadly
ruminating on the possiblility of our entire reader base being comprised
solely of topographic illiterati. But wouldn't you know it, right then
in comes an email with 6 out of the
7 locations placed correctly. That's plenty good for first place in these
parts. As promised, Wynn Kageyama can now boast a copy of the Wilderness
Act Handbook of 1998 as part of his library, and there's another
of the same offered up for the winner of this issue's contest.
But first, the answers to last quarter's
Map Mania puzzle:
In light of the apparent trouble most had with the last topographic challenge,
we've decided to tone this one down a notch or two to make it more enjoyable.
The rules of the game are spelled out below, just as before. Also, a couple
of hints are being offered up -- for the DEM graphic locations see this
quarter's Lost Trails of the Ventana, and the
snippet falls somewhere within the area covered by the DEM.
The 3-D DEM: Big Sur 7.5' Quadrangle
NEQ if Section 36, T20S R5E, USGS Reliz Canyon 7.5' Quadrangle -- In layman's
terms, east of Junipero Serra Peak and south of Bear Mountain.
Here's the game: both graphics below correspond to actual places somewhere
within the Monterey Ranger District of the Los Padres National Forest.
The first one is a small piece of one of the various USGS 7.5 ' topographic
quads which cover the area. The second, larger, graphic is what is called
a digital elevation map (DEM) which is essentially derived from the information
on the 7.5' quads, only rendered in 3-D.
Here's what we ask of you:
When you've got all this figured out, send your findings by email to
Gordon Johnson , with the
first one to correctly identify all the locations being the big winner.
So what's in it for the big winner, you ask? Well, Gordon has generously
offered up an item from his own personal library: a brand new copy of the
super-informative Wilderness Act Handbook of 1998. This classic
handbook is invaluable for the wilderness advocate. It contains a section-by-section
explanation of the Wilderness Act, including the law in its entirety, with
an analysis of subsequent legislation that has influenced the designation
or management of wilderness. Important wilderness management issues are
included. The Handbook also contains short milestone references to significant
wilderness events through 1998 and a brief description of The Wilderness
Society mission and regional structure. As you can see the stakes in this
game are high, so pull out all those dog-eared topos of yours and get to
OK, got it all figured out? Email your answers to Gordon at
For the small topo snippet, identify the location of the segment any way
For the larger DEM, name each of the geographic features designated by the
numbers 1 through 3.
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