shaded relief

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shaded relief

A cartographic technique that provides an apparent three-dimensional configuration of the terrain on maps and charts by the use of graded shadows that would be cast by high ground if light were shining from the northwest. Shaded relief is usually used in combination with contours. See also hill shading.
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Originally published in German in 1965, Imhof's text filled a void in cartographic instruction; the 1982 English translation provided a wider audience with an overview of cartographic relief depiction and techniques in symbology, color, hillshading, rock drawing, and contours.