Hillshades

Shaded relief, or hillshading, is a technique where a lighting effect is added to a map based on elevation variations within the landscape. It provides a clearer picture of the topography by mimicing the sun’s effects (illumination, shading and shadows) on hills and canyons.

Google Earth File

This layer depicts hillshades for the entire bay area.

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