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Tom

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Mexico at night, exaggerated terrain and city lights

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Myanmar, exaggerated

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Mexican Penninsula and Southern United States West Coast, exaggerated

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Mediterranean West w/Gibraltar & The European Union, exaggerated

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Mediterranean North Central Coast, exaggerated
 

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Eastern China and Taiwan, exaggerated

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Japan, exaggerated

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Saudi Arabia, exaggerated

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North West South America, exaggerated

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Southern South America, exaggerated
 

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Alaska & Russia, exaggerated

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Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Norway, enhanced

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South Eastern Australia. exaggerated

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North Eastern South America, exaggerated

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Eastern United States, flat, exaggerated lights of cities
 

Tom

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Persian Gulf, exaggerated

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National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and NSF Highly Detailed Terrain Map of Alaska using the
Blue Waters supercomputer. This type of map is called an anaglyph. Blank spots are "No Data".

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Costa Rica, exaggerated

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Indian Ocean Floor Map, exaggerated

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Pacific Ocean Floor Map, exaggerated
 

Kevin

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Some cool topographic maps. :) In regardless to this particular pics, what does "exaggerated" mean in this case? I'm guessing that it means that colors & highlights were manipulated to highlight the differences? :unsure:
 

Tom

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Some cool topographic maps. :) In regardless to this particular pics, what does "exaggerated" mean in this case? I'm guessing that it means that colors & highlights were manipulated to highlight the differences? :unsure:
The topographical features are exaggerated and/or the city lights are intensified. Most of them are NASA images that have been enhanced or /\exaggerated/\ for contrast. The images are real data but the highs are just a bit higher than in reality. My favorite is the North West South America that shows the Andes rimming the Amazon. I also really like the Southern South America one for how the Andes is depicted. I find South America interesting geologically.
edit to add:
Technically, the Rockies are part of the Andes. Its one long mountain range from the tip of South America to the top of North America.
 
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Tom

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I also find the oceanic floor maps interesting.
The planet looks very different without its water.
Almost ... alien...
 

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When you create a driving direction map in Google Earth, you can pull up a route elevation graph of it that shows the route's elevation at different points along the route.

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I find this pretty interesting. You can mouse over your route and it places a marker on the graph. Whenever I do a long road trip, it always feels like I'm going uphill. Until I saw this, I thought it was a gradual climb. That's one hellava roller coaster ride.
 

Kevin

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I find this pretty interesting. You can mouse over your route and it places a marker on the graph. Whenever I do a long road trip, it always feels like I'm going uphill. Until I saw this, I thought it was a gradual climb. That's one hellava roller coaster ride.
That's one heck of a long drive! How many hours does that take you?
 

Tom

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That's one heck of a long drive! How many hours does that take you?
Last time I drove it non-stop it was 18 hours. I averaged 75mph with cruise control.
I can't make the drive anymore. Last time I had to take 2 rest stops in motels.
Sux getting old.
 

Tom

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This is an actual representation of Greenland.
In 2013, climate scientists discovered that Greenland houses a crevasse so huge, it rivals the Grand Canyon.
With a warmer Earth, it kinda reminds me of the isolated lost Valley of Dinosaurs. (or a Garden of Eden) LOL
 

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Antarctica is interesting...

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Lake Vostok

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Highlights from the CIA World Factbook
The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency

Area:
total: 14 million sq km
land: 14 million sq km (280,000 sq km ice-free, 13.72 million sq km ice-covered) (est.)
note: fifth-largest continent, following Asia, Africa, North America, and South America, but larger than Australia and the subcontinent of Europe
country comparison to the world: 2

Climate:
the coldest, windiest, and driest continent on Earth; severe low temperatures vary with latitude, elevation, and distance from the ocean; East Antarctica is colder than West Antarctica because of its higher elevation; Antarctic Peninsula has the most moderate climate; higher temperatures occur in January along the coast and average slightly below freezing; summers characterized by continuous daylight, while winters bring continous darkness; persistent high pressure over the interior brings dry, subsiding air that results in very little cloud cover

Elevation:
mean elevation: 2,300 m
elevation extremes: lowest point: Bentley Subglacial Trench -2,540 m
highest point: Vinson Massif 4,892 m
note: the lowest known land point in Antarctica is hidden in the Bentley Subglacial Trench; at its surface is the deepest ice yet discovered and the world's lowest elevation not under seawater

Population:
no indigenous inhabitants, but there are both permanent and summer-only staffed research stations

  • Telephone system:
    general assessment: local systems at some research stations
    domestic: commercial cellular networks operating in a small number of locations
    international: country code - none allocated; via satellite (including mobile Inmarsat and Iridium systems) to and from all research stations, ships, aircraft, and most field parties (2015)
    Internet country code:
    .aq
    Internet users:
    total: 4,400
    percent of population: 100% (July 2016 est.)

Airports:
23 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 134

Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 23
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 8
under 914 m: 6 (2013)

Heliports:
53
note: all year-round and seasonal stations operated by National Antarctic Programs stations have some kind of helicopter landing facilities, prepared (helipads) or unprepared (2012)

Ports and terminals:
McMurdo Station; most coastal stations have sparse and intermittent offshore anchorages; a few stations have basic wharf facilities
 
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