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    Given that some of the forum members here like to go for photo realistic look in their maps. I thought I would share this image of the Iberian Peninsula. It beautifully displays many different types of terrain, plus I think itís just a pretty picture to share.

    This image has the resolution of 1km per pixel by following the following link you can find the same picture and similar once down to a resolution of 250m per pixel.

    http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/

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    Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????

    Here by the way is a political map of the same region...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????


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    I believe those would be clouds.

    Great image, I know that NASA has a huge repository of these sorts of pictures. Great for inspiration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????
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    The White on the land is snow. You can see how it has sharp bits/fractal look. It's all the mountains separating the valleys.

    The white over the sea are clouds. They have a more even flowing look. Also tend to look a bit like waves. Yes those are cloud waves in the atmosphere. Created by turbulence of air going over mountains and gravity waves.
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    Very cool pic...thx for posting.
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    I would love to get that kind of realistic detail in a map.

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    gorgeous pictures

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    The sharp clarity blows me away, something that maybe one day I can get to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    The sharp clarity blows me away, something that maybe one day I can get to.
    That was the word I was looking for but couldn't quite manage to verbalise.

    It has incredibly sharp clarity. I especially like the mountains and the fractal shape of the snow. It's almost like looking at a drawing of mathematical fractal curve.
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