This is a picture I took camping on West Coast Vancouver Island – with an added hypsometric tint of Southeast Asia in the top half of the sky. The colour gradient strip on the left hints at the meaning of the corresponding sky colours: the whitest clouds represent the Himalayan mountains and the bluest sky represents sea level. The southern mountains of India and Sri Lanka are in the lower left, Taiwan is in the lower right with the Northern Philippines beneath. Click the image for a larger version.
What would the world look like if ocean depth became terrain elevation and the present terrain remained unchanged? This map uses hypsometric tinting along with hillshading and an additional 3D perspective view of the Western Hemisphere to illustrate how an inverted ocean would look. Click the image for a larger version.
This map “folds up” the southern hemisphere landmass and makes its transparent. The result is a visualization of relative latitudes between normally distant places. To preserve distance in relation to the equator, the map uses an equidistant cylindrical projection with the equator as the standard parallel (Plate Carrée projection) . Click the image for a larger version.