to·​po·​graph·​ic | \ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fik, ˌtō-\

Definition of topographic 

: of, relating to, or concerned with topography topographic maps

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The man who had previously limited himself to describing the topographic and geologic formations of the western lands had now waded directly into populist politics, driven by isohyets and tables of rainfall-per-acre statistics. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Previous maps had mostly defined the nation by political boundaries or topographic features. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 Kelley also pointed out that with the region in a river valley belted by two major interstates, Greater Cincinnati is a topographic laboratory for poor air quality. Anne Saker,, "The reason Cincy's air is bad? It's summertime, and the ozone is baking," 18 June 2018 This exhibition gathers many of their materials: drawings, topographic maps and studies of flora and fauna. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Baskets inspired by math, iconic Los Angeles images and photos of people getting expressive," 24 May 2018 That design process kicked off in April with topographic surveys and geotechnical field work at hundreds of damage sites around the county. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Flood Control District begins drive on $84 million hurricane repair program," 27 Apr. 2018 Also there: mounds that were erected to add a little topographic interest for golfers. Mike Scott,, "In a Mandeville swamp, an accidental memorial to a historically crooked politican," 10 Apr. 2018 But the Greenland ancestors are long gone, erased by the incessant hunger of flowing water, blowing wind, and grinding ice to achieve a form of topographic equality between sea and land. Longreads, "The Quest for the Collision Zone: An Arctic Expedition," 12 Mar. 2018 The change in topographic elevation was more subtle, but equally consequential. Richard Campanella, The Atlantic, "How Humans Sank New Orleans," 6 Feb. 2018

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1632, in the meaning defined above

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