The Wrong Side of my Car

A blog about Auckland City, its streets, and culture shock

8 May 2017

I made a map: relief in Auckland

And now, back to that other interest of me: maps.

One of my favourites is maps showing the relief in the landscape. There’s the relief shading in Google’s terrain maps, or the height contour lines on topographic maps. But I find both hard to interpret. While both are good at showing the local relief, it’s difficult to make out the bigger picture. What I wanted was a map which uses a simple color map to represent elevation.

Let’s make one.

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