Whether you travel internationally or hike in your local forest, use the latest shading relief overlay in Gaia GPS to bring your maps to life.
What is shaded relief?
The new World Shaded Relief overlay from ESRI provides worldwide coverage and when combined with Gaia GPS base maps, produces a topographical map with 3-dimensional (3D) styling.
Shaded relief shows a visual of terrain elevation (similar to contour lines) based on the sun’s angle.  The 3D shading appears on terrain as if the sun was setting on the western horizon, where west-facing slopes shades are lighter than east-facing slopes. Surface features like mountains, ridgelines, canyons, and valleys will have variable shading. If an area is flat in elevation, the map will not show any shading.
How to add the World Shaded Relief overlay
Step 2: Get the most out of the World Shaded Relief overlay by setting it as the top layer with 50% – 60% transparency.
Preview World Shaded Relief map overlay
Check out this before and after example for adding the World Shaded Relief overlay to the Canada Topo West base map.
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