Jun 21, 2008

Terrain Features

Given a map, can you identify the terrain features? If your geography lessons are but a distant memory like mine, then it is time for a refresher course.

On identifying terrain features, the US Army require their soldiers to identify five major and three minor ones on a map:

Major Terrain Features
  1. Hill
  2. Ridge
  3. Valley
  4. Saddle
  5. Depression
Minor Terrain Features
  1. Draw
  2. Spur
  3. Cliff
What's interesting is, according to the ArmyStudyGuide website, terrain features can be learned using the fist or hand, to show what each would look like on the ground.

This, I wasn't taught in my geography classes.

The study guide contains short instructions with useful illustrations on identifying the terrain. Do check it out.