Topography of the Earth’s landmass

Topography of the Earth’s landmass

Fig. 4.6 . Global topographic image of land on the Earth displayed by both colored height and shaded relief in this Mercator projection. Color-coding is directly related to topographic height, with green at the lower elevations, rising through yellow and tan, to white at the highest elevations. The shade image displays topographic slopes in the northwest-southeast direction, with bright northwest slopes and dark southeast slopes. The elevation data were acquired from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, abbreviated SRTM, aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor, launched on 11 February 2000. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL/NIMA.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University