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Map and Compass Topic 1106 Mr. Christensen. Today’s Objectives Learn the basic features of a compass Learn how to use a compass to plot a azimuth (direction.

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1 Map and Compass Topic 1106 Mr. Christensen

2 Today’s Objectives Learn the basic features of a compass Learn how to use a compass to plot a azimuth (direction of travel) Learn the basic features of a map Utilize a map and compass to find a location from known points Learn to pace, and using a compass define a given area

3 The Compass A magnetized needle that responds to the earth’s magnetic field A freely rotating magnetic needle-one end is usually a different color (red) from the other so you know which end is pointing north From: Michigan Forests Forever Teachers Guide

4 Advanced Compass Features Circular rotating housing for the needle marked with 360 degree markings Index line to read/set bearings/azimuths Sighting mechanism Straight edge From:http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/_lensatic/instructions.htm

5 When Using a Compass Insure the compass is level and the needle is allowed to swing freely Large metal objects (18 yards*), magnets and power lines (55 yards*) affect accuracy Local magnetic anomalies (iron ore deposits) * Distances to be maintained for accurate compass readings

6 Uses of the Compass Determine magnetic north Orient a map Determine azimuths (go from point A to B) Describe the area of a feature in the landscape—traverse Find your location on a map from known points

7 Compass Rose 360 0

8 A azimuth (horizontal angle measured clockwise from a north base line) of 90 0 has been established and is being followed Direction of Travel Magnetic North

9 Azimuth—A horizontal angle measured clockwise from a north base line. Rotate the compass until the desired azimuth falls under the fixed black index line Turn the bezel ring until the luminous line is aligned with the north- seeking arrow Turn your body until the north seeking arrow is aligned with the luminous line Sight on a distant fixed object and use that direction of travel Plotting a Azimuth From:http://www.georgia-outfitters.com/_lensatic/instructions.htm

10 Magnetic North Versus True North Versus Grid North Most places true north does not equal magnetic north True north = magnetic north = agonic line Earth’s magnetic field is not static declination lines change

11 Magnetic Declination Ironwood or Benton harbor magnetic declination is 0 degrees Detroit or Sault Saint Marie = 6 degrees west Mt Rainier (WA) 19 degrees East declination Adirondacks in New York 15 degrees West declination From: Michigan Forests Forever Teachers Guide

12 Declination West declination—from compass to the map--direction of travel minus declination equals map course From map to field--map course plus declination equals direction of travel

13 Topographical Maps Simulate 3-D land formation Based on lines of latitude and longitude Legend: tells you when the map was made, location, adjacent land, magnetic declination, map scale

14 Map Legend Features

15 Brown Contour Lines Represent equal points of height above sea level (five foot intervals are marked) Steep slopes lines are very close together Valley contours form a V, point up the hill to indicate drainage Summits forms circles Depressions: from circles with lines radiating into center

16 TOPO Map Colors Black-man-made features (buildings) Blue-water Brown-contour lines Green-vegetation (forests, orchards) White-light vegetation Red- major highways From the U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 East Lansing Michigan map sheet

17 Finding Your Location Using Triangulation Situation you are lost but you can determine azimuths to Government Peak, the Radio tower on Hill 456 and Cuyahoga Peak, three locations you can find and identify on the map Calculate the back azimuths from the known locations and plot on the map Where the map plots cross is my location

18 Radio Tower azimuth from your location is 31 0 the back azimuth is = plot from hill 456 you a re somewhere along that line U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 map of Government Point, Michigan

19 Government Peak azimuth the back azimuth is – = 80 0 plot from Government Peak where the lines intersect is your location U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 map of Government Point, Michigan

20 To verify your location use TRIANGULATION Cuyahoga Peak azimuth is Back Azimuth from Cuyahoga is – = plot from Cuyahoga you are located in the triangle U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 map of Government Point, Michigan

21 You Are Lost Again Your azimuth to Cuyahoga Peak is 2 0 the back azimuth will be = Your azimuth to Government Peak is , the back azimuth will be – = Plot the back azimuths to determine your location

22 Function and use of the compass Finding a location using Triangulation Used a topographical map and looked at map versus land features NOW LETS LOOK AT PACING What We Did Today

23 Pacing A pace is two steps, begin on the left foot and count is made each time the right foot strikes (normal strides) Pace a 100 foot course three times take the average

24 Calculating the length of your pace First trial 20 paces Second trial 22 paces Third trial 21.5 Total 63.5 paces Total paces/3 = 21.2 paces = average # of paces for 100 feet Average length of pace: 100 feet/Average # of paces for 100 feet = Average number of feet per pace 100 feet/21.2 = 4.7 feet per pace

25 Compass and Pace Course Set azimuths to follow Determine # of paces on that azimuth 30 feet at feet at feet at feet at Start S II III IV I


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