Terrain, maps, and more

This site started out as a resource for cartographers creating shaded relief, panoramas, land cover, and related raster art on maps. It has since grown to include my other cartographic interests and has become a repository for my maps, all of which are in the public domain.

I hope that you enjoy the site.

New stuff

Last update: November 13, 2020

Sample Elevation Models

So that mapmakers and researchers have "common ground" for comparative experimentation, this website offers multi-resolution DEMs, and DEMs of archetypal landforms. Use these data for evaluating terrain visualizations and testing software.

North Atlantic Seafloor Map

This map showcases the exotic bottom features of the North Atlantic Ocean, including  abyssal plains, banks, canyons, seamounts, trenches, and the scar-like Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Above the waves, the map offers select coastal cities for reference.

Blue Earth Bathymetry

An edited and smoothed version of GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) designed for small-scale mapping of the ocean floor—without unsightly artifacts. It is available as a free GeoTIFF DEM.

Mount Everest 3D Map

A high-oblique view of Mount Everest from the west-northwest. The terrain derives from High Mountain Asia elevation data supplemented with glaciers extracted from a June, 2016, Landsat image. The map is available with and without labels.

Physical Features of the Contiguous US

A map with over 3,000 labels showcasing the mountains, rivers, and lakes of the 48 contiguous US states. Map colors reflect natural environments across the continent from the forested east to the snowcapped Rockies to the desert southwest.


Shaded Relief

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Contact me

Please let me know about any problems you find on the site—thanks.

If you do something cool with my maps and data, drop me a line. I would greatly enjoy seeing what you have done.