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Re: hacheurs

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  • Subject: [mg12728] Re: hacheurs
  • From: Daniel Lichtblau <danl>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 02:52:13 -0400
  • Organization: Wolfram Research, Inc.
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Russell Towle wrote:
> Hi all,
> Recent discussion of "waterfall plots" prompts me to pose a somewhat
> related query. I work with digital elevation model data sets from the
> U.S.G.S. to produce contour maps, using ListContourPlot under
> Mathematica 2.2. I would like to be able to produce old-style
> quasi-contour maps using "hacheurs," in which the contours themselves
> are not drawn, but instead, line segments at right angles to the
> contour lines, of lengths inversely proportional to steepness of slope
> (short hacheurs->steep slope). Any ideas?
> Russell Towle
> Giant Gap Press:  books on California history, digital topographic maps
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One possibility might be to use the lists of {x,y,z} to create an
InterpolatingFunction for z = f(x,y). Then (I think) you'd want to plot
the vector field 1/|gradient|^2*gradient, possibly offset if you want
these centered on the contour lines rather than emanating therefrom.

Daniel Lichtblau
Wolfram Research

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