Google Maps — Terrain

Google maps ( has added a “terrain” option. Until now, one could view maps, aerial images, or both together. Now there is a terrain option, which allows viewing of a shaded relief map. It looks pretty good; my only complaint is the green-yellow-brown-white color scheme they included with it. When viewing maps at a state-wide scale, these colors correspond to vegetation and land-use types. When one zooms in, however, they become large color splotches that don’t correspond to anything on the ground. Nonetheless, it is cool.




I would like to see something like the color-scale relief that NASA World Wind has for the Moon, Mars, and Venus.

Thanks to: The Map Room

Grace and Peace

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