IMAGES: Above and Beyond

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Science  18 Feb 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5712, pp. 1021
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5712.1021d

Even on the best relief maps, Mount Everest and other spectacular geographical features are, well, flat. But the mountain stands tall at this new atlas of panoramic images aimed at geography students and curious visitors. Crafted by William Bowen, a retired professor of geography from California State University in Northridge, the collection boasts some 500 computer-generated aerial views of the world's landscapes, from the Florida Keys to the Pyrenees Mountains to the Bay of Bengal. “My plan will be a small attempt to make far-off places literally visible to anyone who wishes to see them,” Bowen says.

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