Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster


170 million years ago, ancient sedimentary rocks were forced eastward over younger formations in this area. The older rocks, called the Lewis Overthrust, contain excellent examples of Earth’s earliest life forms. Glaciers then carved the landscape into it’s current form, leaving U-shaped valleys, cirques (amphitheatre-shaped upper valleys), cols (passes), arêtes (knife ridges), and gendarmes (pinnacles). Moraines formed at the ends of receding glaciers created over 700 lakes and tarns, most unnamed. Due to climate patterns, most of the glaciers present 150 years ago have disappeared, with the rest potentially melting by 2020. This image covers both Glacier National Park, and Waterton Lakes National Park across the border in Canada.

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Maps-al-Fresco™ harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster


Mount Saint Helens is the youngest of the major Cascade volcanoes – its visible cone was formed entirely during the past 2,200 years. It was a stratovolcano, with steep sided, often symmetrical cones constructed of alternating layers of lava flows, ash, and other volcanic debris, which tend to erupt explosively. The volcano was intermittently active for at least a 26-year span from 1831 to 1857, and perhaps as early as 1800. In the weeks before March 27, 1980 earthquakes began to occur, and on that date Mount Saint Helens erupted, sending ash and steam 6,000 feet high. The side of the mountain collapsed and unleashed a northward debris avalanche and lateral blast that devastated an area of about 230 square miles. This image covers the remains of the volcano itself.

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Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Monument information: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens/

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster


The Great Smoky Mountains, as part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, are among the oldest mountain ranges on earth, being formed perhaps 200 to 300 million years ago. Within the 800 square mile Park, elevations range from about 875 feet to over 6600 feet. Relatively untouched by glaciers or oceans for over a million years, the terrain is dissected by streams and features steep-sided valleys; erosion has been slow and uniform over the ages. This is America’s most visited national park. This image covers the entire Park.

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Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm

Puerto Rico – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster


Puerto Rico was formed by tectonic forces about 185 million years ago at the boundary between the Caribbean and North American Plates; this boundary is the Puerto Rican Trench. The trench is located 75 miles north of the island, and reaches depths of more than 27,500 feet. This is the deepest area of the Atlantic Ocean. In general, the topography includes the Cordillera Central across the middle of the island with Cerro La Punta as the highest peak. The coastal lowlands border the north and south coasts. The karst regions in the northwest and southwest consist of formations of rugged limestone dissolved by water, creating mogotes (haystack hills), sinkholes, caves, and cliffs. The islands of Vieques and Culebra are inset.

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Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Olympic National Park – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster


The Olympic Mountains are the result of eons of geologic forces. Original sandstone and shale was compressed and folded by tectonic plates colliding, then was shot through with igneous rocks creating a dome structure. Over time, the dome has been eroded by the incessant flow of moist air from the Pacific Ocean. In the lower elevations the streams erode the landscape, and in the higher elevations the moisture feeds the glaciers, which carve the alpine peaks and valleys. Olympic National Park is dominated by the 7,965 foot Mount Olympus, which has several active glaciers still at work. This image shows the eastern portion of the Park.

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Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm.

Canyonlands National Park – Maps-al-Fresco™ Poster

Canyonlands National Park is a showcase of geology. The vivid and varied colors of the bare rocks and the fantastic canyons, buttes, spires, columns, alcoves, caves, arches, and other erosional forms of the canyon country result from a fortuitous combination of geologic and climatic circumstances and events unequaled inmost other parts of the world. This image shows the central part of the park including Island in the Sky and Upheaval Dome south to the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers.

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Maps-al-Fresco harken back to the days in cartography when plaster relief models were made, often for the purpose of wall or museum display, or to be photographed for a printed relief map background. Plain in appearance, they show the landscape in it’s simplest, greyscale form. Only the topography is included.

These posters are available on high-quality media (various papers and canvas) using archival inks, and print clearly up to about 34” x 23” (“Large” size). Fulfilled by Zazzle.com. There is a framing option on their website.

Park information: http://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm