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Set of utilities for processing DEM (digital elevation models, digital terrain models) and shading that to indicate the shape of mountains and other relief features.
DEM-Tools - Set of utilities for preparing elevation data from US government sources. We use it for Terrain, and it takes us a few days to prepare zoom=15 elevation data tiles for the whole US in a render-ready format. Read more »
Relief Methodology in Park Tiles - From Tom Patterson, master of shaded relief!