Panoramic Aerial Maps of the American West
including the states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada
New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming
©2003 William A. Bowen - California Geographic Survey
This collection of panoramic maps was produced for public instruction and
unfunded academic research. The maps were created by combining
numerical elevation data collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
and linear data acquired from the old United States Geological Survey’s
national atlas. Both data sets have numerous flaws, but I believe that the
resulting maps are worthy of your inspection and use for non-navigational
purposes. Looking down on the land from a high place gives fresh perspectives
and new appreciation for a country’s otherwise unseen geography.
The digital master models from which all the panoramic maps are derived
were created by combining numerous 1-degree, 3 arc-second SRTM digital
elevation models, each containing 14,400 individual elevation points located
at approximately 90 meter horizontal intervals. The master model for the Colorado
Plateau was constructed by combining 144 1-degree SRTM models. It contains
over 200,000,000 elevation points. If laid out on a single piece of paper with
elevation points separated by 1/72 of an inch, the resulting terrain map would
measure more than 16 feet on a side. All views are made from very high
simulated elevations, usually between 25 and 100 kilometers above sea level.
Most encompass areas containing thousands of square miles.
All of the maps contained in this collection are subject to the laws of the
United States concerning the ownership of copyrighted intellectual property.
These materials are copyrighted © 2003 - William Bowen. Free use is granted
for the non-commercial use of these materials by teachers and students in
the public schools and individuals involved in unfunded academic research.
Appropriate permissions and citations are required in all cases. If copyright
questions arise, contact Dr. William Bowen. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Numerous panoramic maps are available in the Electronic Map Library
of the California Geographical Survey.