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TEST OF QUANTITATIVE TERRAIN DESCRIPTION SYSTEMS AT FORT LEONARD WOOD, MISSOURI,
MISSOURI SCHOOL OF MINES AND METALLURGY ROLLA
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In June, 1961, the Civil Engineering and Geology Departments of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy contracted with the U. S. Army Engineers Waterways Experiment Station to study and test the feasibility of three systems for describing and mapping components of the natural environment. The three systems were concerned with surface geometry, the configuration of topographic surface features of greater than ten feet vertical relief microrelief, the configuration of topographic surface features of less than ten feet relief and vegetation, its distribution and other characteristics. The systems were to be tested by applying them to the area of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and its immediate environs. The test was to produce maps of the area, at scales of 125,000, 150,000 and 1250,000, showing characteristics described by the systems. This report discusses the problems encountered, the steps taken to correct deficiencies, and the rationale used in the development of the corrective steps. In addition, this report contains a description of the maps and data compiled.
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