Shaded Relief for NASA World Wind

Shaded Relief for World Wind provides attractive and informative topographic/bathymetric maps that can be used alone or in combination with other layers. These are high resolution (~1 km resolution) maps in a variety of color schemes.


Ochre, Olive and Ultramarine is specifically designed to accentuate the subtle elevation changes that occur at lower altitudes. Structural features such as river valleys and drainage basins are more readily visible than with most color schemes.

Emerald and Turquoise is a traditional color scheme similar to those used in many atlases. The colors are an earth-tone combination that generally reflect the type of terrain.

Umber and Aquamarine is another atlas-like elevation map employing pleasing naturalistic colors. In this layer, a greater emphasis has been placed on the brown portion of the color range.

Pastel Spectrum utilizes a rainbow palette to display topographic information. This is similar to the color-coded elevation maps commonly used. Colors were selected to provide sensitivity to altitude without the harsh contrasts typical of such maps.

Antique resembles the weathered maps of previous centuries. This non-traditional color scheme evokes the style of antique maps while retaining accurate color-elevation information and precision.

Charcoal is a grayscale map that is particularly useful when used in combination with other, colored layers. It conveys the location, orientation and altitude information of shaded relief without detracting from the color information of superimposed layers.

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