Arctic topographic map, with bathymetry

Arctic topographic map, base map with bathymetryClick on the image above for high resolution view
The Arctic is the region around the Arctic Ocean and the North Pole. Characteristics of the Arctic include: low temperatures, glaciers, tundra, very few people, barren landscapes and long dark winters.

Illustration prepared for a project within the International Polar Year (IPY) program and featured as the main piece of an educational poster providing an overview of the polar regions, together with a companion Antarctic map.

The map was prepared using data from multiple scientific sources. The data were then modified, classified and projected. The hypsographic tints and shaded relief were prepared specifically for this map, using the CleanTopo2 elevation model.

The software used in this map production was primarily ESRI ArcGIS together with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop

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