ArcGIS Living Atlas

Introducing Terrain Revelations

By Aileen Buckley, Esri Research Cartographer

We live in a fascinating world—one that is constantly revealing to us its many surprises, if we but know where and how to find them! The data in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the world can be used to reveal some of the world’s strange and most wonderful landforms. In this blog post series, I share some of my favorites.

Examples include New Zealand’s symmetrical Mount Taranaki.

The curvaceous and mesmerizing Ob River.
Ob River

The mysterious creeping sand dune of I-n-Salah.

Monster gopher holes.
Gopher Holes

Wild and wonderful wind waves.
Wind Waves

The missing lake MegaChad.

The Eye of the Sahara.
Eye of the Sahara

Spin art redux.
Spin Art

All these images were created using nothing more than a single layer from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Keep watching ArcGIS Blog for descriptions of these strange and wonderful places and read tips on how to map them yourself!

About the author

Dr. Aileen Buckley is a cartographer who’s been at Esri since 2003. She finds and shares best practices for mapping and analysis with ArcGIS, which leads her to publish widely and present world-wide.


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