Test your Topographic Know-how
Well, the response to the last Map Mania puzzle was discouraging at best. While it was challenging, which we readily admit, we had no idea that it was that challenging. Not a single participant came up with the correct answers, so it looks like last quarter's copy of the Wilderness Act Handbook stays on the shelf. After much deliberation we, the members of the Map Mania Committee, have decided that we'd better bring it down a notch, so you should have an easier go of it this time around. We've also included a text-based puzzle for those of you that work better with the left side of your brain, but you'll still have to shake that trail dust out of you ears and put your mind to it, so have at it.
But First, the answers to last quarter's Map Mania puzzle:
OK, 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 snippet 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. The DEM in this case represents an entire 7.5' quad. Here's a big hint -- the location of the snippet is generally visible on the DEM and falls within that same 7.5' quad.
This quarter's new puzzle is a listing of the coastal streams of the Northern Santa Lucia. As you'll quickly see (we hope!) they're all mixed up and in no particular order. Good luck!
Here's what we ask of you: