Mountains that stand up
This map of the 48 contiguous US states features , a terrain rendering technique that yields three-dimensional mountains. Higher elevations have vertical offset. The map also employs to represent elevation zones. They are the usual colors found on maps but with a major difference: arid lowlands are brown instead of green. We don't want to have Death Valley looking like a jungle, do we?
I originally made this map in 2007. The 2020 update has lighter and brighter colors, many more place name labels, and a new title. It is an alternative to my map that offers land cover colors and a standard shaded relief treatment. I hope that you will enjoy both.
May 27, 2020
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Plan-oblique Relief Map of the US
On-screen viewing and high-resolution printing
This map is in the public domain. You may use the map any way that you want and citing it is not required.
Modifying and repurposing the map
Terrain art without type halos
I will periodically update the map. Please let me know about major features to include or any problems that you find.
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Version 2.0, May 27, 2020