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Raven Maps, Some of the Most Beautiful Maps Available!
Maps must be accurate, but they should also be beautiful. Raven's state wall maps were prepared using base materials originally produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for their definitive 1:250,000-scale topographic map series. These extremely detailed bases identify thousands of features, such as even minor lakes and streams ignored by most maps. Raven Maps brings the USGS materials up to date with current roads and reservoirs. We then go far beyond the originals by adding color tints to depict elevation. The colors progress from greens at lower elevations, through yellows and browns, to grey and finally white at the highest altitudes in the mountainous states. This sequence of color steps replaces the abstraction of contour lines with a graphic picture of elevation and, in combination with the relief shading, of the entire landform. On the Hawaii map, the technique is extended to the ocean floor, with a startlingly three-dimensional result.
The Raven United States (48 states) map was produced in the same way as the state maps. It contains an amazing wealth of details--all county seats, for example, more than three thousand of them, many so small they are almost never shown in maps of the United States. But the map remains completely uncluttered by type when viewed from more than a few feet away. This is our most popular map. It gives an unequaled sense of the physical 48 states.
Elevation Tints is the classic Raven Wall Map. It uses shaded relief to portray the land and combines shading with elevation tints-- a sequence of delicate hues and colors that portrays landforms--much more clearly than the abstraction of contour lines. Elevation colors make mountains, highlands, and valleys immediately obvious.
This is a 2D flat map
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