The Digital Elevation Model from Hell

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Adventures In Mapping

Lately I’ve fallen into a tender trap of draping Digital Elevation Models over aerial imagery to make them look misty, plastic-y, and painterly. But, late on a Friday, feeling pre-apocalyptic I suppose, it occurred to me that there was no reason I couldn’t also mis-use DEMs to make our beautiful Earth look like it was yawning open into the fractured molten crevasses of Mustafar itself.

Here’s a charmingly rugged chunk of central Oregon.
rift_before

And here it is in the throes of a geologic apocalypse. The end of days for friendly Oregon.rift

Perhaps there’s safety to be found in the upper reaches of the grand and remote Rockies?
rockies_prehell

Oh…well, no. The seventh circle of hell has upended and is spilling its fiery wrath up into the once cool and majestic valleys.
rockies_hell

Ah, safety assuredly can be found in the thin alpine air of the free living granite state…

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