Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oilslick Terrain

Oilslick is a new "color elevation map layer designed to highlight the fine detail in terrain." The layer maximizes the contrast of small elevation differences by using a larger color palette and range than in most other elevation maps.

The result is a very visually striking map. Personally I think the map works best at high zoom levels where the map layer is very effective in highlighting subtle changes in elevation. It is really worth exploring the map at high zoom levels as the results can be very beautiful.

At low zoom levels, however, I find the colors a little counter-intuitive and I have to keep reminding myself that the sea-level colors are not showing mountain ranges and the higher elevation colors are not indicative of oceans or land at sea-level.

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