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  1. Which way is north? Write (N) on the part of the page that you think is North. Label the rest of the directions (S, W, E) on the edges of the map.
  2. Identify and label 10 or more landmarks that can be found on the image. Landmarks include rivers, highways, bridges, airports, lakes, cities/towns, houses, farmsteads, irrigation pivots, etc. If this image is familiar to you be very specific on the identifications. For example if you can find houses or farms that are familiar, label the place with who lives there. If you knowwhat the name of the river that passes through the map, name that as well.
  3. Outline the city with a black or blue pen. How were you able to tell if it was a city? (Think Color!)
  4. If there is a river on the map, explain how you were able to identify it as a river or stream?
  5. Parts of the image are shades of red. What does the red color represent? What objects or areas are reflecting red light? Explain. Remember that this is an image of reflected radiation.
  6. Parts of the image are shades of green/cyan. What does the green color represent? What objects or areas are reflecting green light? Explain. Remember that this is an image of reflected radiation.
  7. Find some areas on the image where the reflected red color is displayed in different shades of red. Explain why the areas have different shades of red.
  8. Some images of Nebraska are predominately red while others are predominately green/cyan. Look at your image. Does it show mainly red, mainly green, or a equal mixture? Explain in terms of location, environment, climate, etc. why your image might look the way it does. (Dramatic changes in image appearance can be seen by looking at Scottsbluff vs. York images).
  9. The image you are looking at is called a mosaic. A mosaic image is an image made up of many smaller images that have been pieced together. Try and find an area on your image where you think there might be two images mosaiced together. (Look for slight differences in color, etc.). Brainstorm some ideas on why there is a difference in the two images that are mosaiced together. List at least 3 possibilities. (Valentine and Fremont are great examples of obvious mosaic differences).
  10. Most images include a city and the area surrounding the city. Hypothesize how you could determine a scale for this map byjust looking at the map. Once you have successfully determined a scale (in miles or meters), calculate how many square miles this image include.
  11. Using your estimated distance scale from the previous question determine the distance between two points of interest.
  12. Be Creative! Find 3 more interesting landmarks from the image (Your choice!). Describe what you found and where it is on the map.