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We have been talking about different elements of mapping, and this week’s term is hachure. This refers to a technique of strokes that indicate orientation of slopes and the general sense of steepness in a geographical area. Shading can also be used to provide a depth of information in regard to the geographical attributes of an area.

In hachure, steeper slopes are represented by thicker, shorter strokes, while thinner, longer strokes represent gentler slopes. Hachures typically lack significant color, often being drawn in black, gray or brown.