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Natural Earth for the National Atlas

Take a sneak peek at my current project—creating a new version of Natural Earth relief/land cover data at 100-meter resolution for the USGS National Atlas. The georeferenced raster images match the National Atlas vector linework.

Gallery of National Park Bird's-eye Views

Peruse dozens of oblique bird's-eye view maps of national parks in the United States. The site offers views produced by both traditional and digital techniques, and by commercial contractors and NPS staff.

Seafloor Map of Hawai‘i

This map lets you explore the ocean bottom of Hawai‘i, an exotic world that includes towering seamounts, precipitous cliffs, deep canyons, catastrophic landslides, an erupting volcano, and abyssal plains. The 3D relief accentuates the undersea topography in deep shades of blue. The map is available in metric and English versions.

Natural Earth Projection

The Natural Earth projection is intended for making world maps. It was originally designed in Flex Projector using graphical methods and now exists as a polynomial version. With the source code available at this site, developers can implement the Natural Earth projection in their software.

Shaded Relief Archive

This website offers over 150 manual shaded reliefs created by twentieth century artists, which still have producton value today. You can use this stylish art as a background on digital maps. The reliefs are georeferenced, high-resolution, and availabe for free. Many of the smaller-scale reliefs register to Natural Earth drainage vectors.

NaturalEarthData.com

Here you will find matched raster and vector data for making small-scale maps at 1:10 million, 1:50 million, and 1:110 million scale. The vector data is fully attributed, including cultural and physical place names, river tapering, and much more.

World Relief Map with Cross-blended Hypsometric Tints

Raster map art featuring shaded relief combined with elevation colors matched to the natural environment —desert lowlands are brown, humid lowlands are green, and ice caps blue-gray. Soft blues fill the oceans becoming lighter in the shallows.

Natural Earth III – Data for Visualizing Earth from Space

Raster map data for creating illustrations and animations of Earth, including realistic land cover textures, 3D mountains, custom cloud maps, polar sea ice, and city lights at night. Check out the gallery for desktop pictures of Earth as you have never seen it before.

Natural Earth II – World Environment Map Data in Natural Color

Natural Earth II is a raster map dataset that portrays the world environment in an idealized manner with little human influence. A successor dataset to the original Natural Earth, the smoothly blended colors and shaded relief make it an ideal base for general-purpose mapping.

Natural Earth I – World Land Cover Map Data

A raster base map of Earth made from public domain data featuring combined land cover and shaded relief. Peruse a gallery of dramatic landscapes from around the world, download a poster-sized wall map, or download the data for making custom maps.

Physical Map of the World

Available for free, this detailed map of the world map features three-dimensional topography, thousands of place name labels, and a new pseudocylindrical map projection. You can view interactively online or download it for printing as a large wall map. UPDATE: German version now available: Physische Karte der Erde.

Physical Map of the Coterminous United States

Here you can download a big, detailed, and colorful wall map of the US (minus Alaska and Hawaii). Features include plan oblique relief, cross-blended hypsometric tints, and over 1,000 physical feature labels. Page and web-size versions of the map are available, as are map galleries and an interactive viewer for exploring the terrain up-close.

CleanTOPO2

This is a merged bathymetric and terrestrial elevation dataset of the entire world based on SRTM30 Plus—but with fewer unsightly artifacts. It is available in three versions, each designed for a different mapping purpose.

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