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  1. Acronym for digital terrain model. The representation of continuous elevation values over a topographic surface by an array of z-values that may be irregularly spaced to incorporate the elevation of significant topographic features, including mass points and breaklines to better characterize the true shape of the bare-earth terrain, and referenced to a common datum. With a DTM, the distinctive terrain features are more clearly defined and precisely located, and contours generated from DTMs more closely approximate the real shape of the terrain.

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