Colorado, USA

Hillshade is a simple and beautiful way to bring a map to life and give a 3D impression of terrain.

Terrain Tiles

The most intuitive representation of terrain is hillshade. A hillshade layer is created by imagining the sun in a certain fixed position on the horizon and calculating the shading on the ground caused by hills and mountains.

The hillshade brings a map to life and gives the viewer a sense for how hilly or mountainous an area is. The example is a simple map of the region around Denver, Colorado. The stark line between mountains and plain that runs North-South just to the West of Denver is beautifully displayed.


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