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elevation,

vertical distance from a datum plane, usually mean sea levelsea level,
the level of the sea, which serves as the datum used for measurement of land elevations and ocean depths. Theoretically, one would expect sea level to be a fixed and permanent horizontal surface on the face of the earth, and as a starting approximation, this is true.
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 to a point above the earth. Often used synonymously with altitudealtitude,
vertical distance of an object above some datum plane, such as mean sea level or a reference point on the earth's surface. It is usually measured by the reduction in atmospheric pressure with height, as shown on a barometer or altimeter.
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, elevation is the height on the earth's surface and altitude, the height in space above the surface. The elevation of a feature is calculated through such surveying techniques as trigonometric triangulation and aerial photogrammetry. Elevation is represented by using contourscontour
or contour line,
line on a topographic map connecting points of equal elevation above or below mean sea level. It is thus a kind of isopleth, or line of equal quantity.
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 of equal elevation lines, three-dimensional computer graphics representation, or molded three-dimensional plastic models.
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Elevation

A drawing showing the vertical elements of a building, either interior or exterior, as a direct projection to a vertical plane.
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Elevation

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Elevation is the angular distance of a celestial body above the horizon. An elevated planet in a natal chart, especially if it is near the midheaven and in the tenth house, is said to exert a particularly strong influence on the entire chart. In traditional astrology, elevated malefic planets, especially when elevated above the Sun and Moon, were said to exert an unfavorable influence over the entire chart. Modern astrologers have largely rejected this interpretation. For instance, a well-aspected Saturn (traditionally considered the Greater Malefic) placed in the tenth house is in the house of its accidental dignity, and although this placement may indicate delay, it also indicates ultimate success (should other factors support this interpretation) in one’s profession.

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Elevation

 

a part of the earth’s surface characterized by its elevation in relation to surrounding areas (for example, the Valdai Hills, the Central Russian Uplands). Convention-ally, an elevation is defined as an area with an absolute height of over 200 m and is contrasted to lowlands.


Elevation

 

a term used in classical dance. Elevation, as defined by A. Ia. Vaganova, consists of two concepts: elevation proper (the height of a jump) and ballon (the ability to maintain a pose as if suspended in the air).

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elevation

[‚el·ə′vā·shən]
(engineering)
Vertical distance to a point or object from sea level or some other datum.
(graphic arts)
A graphic projection of a machine or structure on a vertical plane without perspective.
(ordnance)
In antiaircraft artillery, a term sometimes applied to the angular height.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

elevation

1. A drawing showing the vertical elements of a building, either exterior or interior, as a direct projection to a vertical plane.
2. The vertical distance above or below some established reference level.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

elevation

elevation
i. The vertical distance of a point or a level on the surface of the earth, measured from the mean sea level. For airfields, it is above mean sea level (ICAO).
ii. The angle in the vertical plane between an object and the natural horizon. See angle of elevation.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

elevation

1. a drawing to scale of the external face of a building or structure
2. the external face of a building or structure
3. a ballet dancer's ability to leap high
4. RC Church the lifting up of the Host at Mass for adoration
5. Astronomy another name for altitude
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
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Nineteen sites, grouped in four elevation reaches in the Rio Pacuare, were sampled with the objective of describing the distribution and composition of its fish fauna and patterns of alpha and beta diversity along an elevational gradient.
Specifically, habitat structure appears to be the most important factor describing diversity of terrestrial small mammals (August, 1983; Medellin and Equihua, 1998; Lambert et al., 2006; Mena and Medellin, 2010); however, this hypothesis has not been tested rigorously along elevational gradients.
Kimball, "Links between floral morphology and floral visitors along an elevational gradient in a Penstemon hybrid zone," Oikos, vol.
Across our sampling sites, the elevational changes of MAT and MAP were significantly decreased, while UV-B increased remarkably with increasing elevations (Fig.
The difference in collection success between groups is in part related to the elevational distribution of small nonvolant mammals, which are more species-rich at higher elevations than those examined (below 1,800 m).
It is well known that elevational pattern of species diversity is similar to latitudinal pattern;, that is, with the elevation increasing and heat decreasing, species richness decreases [36-38].
Temperature changes alone may alter elevation ranges of some bird species, as the boundaries of many bird ranges are correlated with climatic factors (Bohning-Gaese and Lemoine 2004), particularly at the upper latitudinal and elevational boundaries where cold temperatures may impose physiological constraints (Root 1988; Root and Schneider 1993; Newton 2003).
In their robotic response, a spokesman said, "...the proposed elevational treatment (in other words, the wall!) was considered to be short on visual interest and as such, visual relief was to be provided by two advertisement panels, each 12m in length, that were to have provided moving images to relieve this area".
The auction managed by world famous auction house Sotheby's and conducted by Sotheby's Europe Deputy Chairman Lord Poltimore showcased 10 rare and original lots (items) which included the painting of Richard Serra titled 'Elevational Weights, Vertical", which fetched $1.5 million and a pair of 18-karat gold and Citrine quartz pendant earrings donated by Angelina Jolie which fetched $100,000.