Puerto Rico – Maps-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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The Virgin Islands – Maps-au-Naturel™ Poster


The Virgin Islands are a part of a great submarine mountain range produced by tectonic forces, which extends from Cuba through the curving chain of the Lesser Antilles to Trinidad. St. Thomas and St. John are the exposed parts of this mountain range, produced by volcanic action caused by the Atlantic Plate sliding under the Caribbean Plate. The mountain ranges of St. Croix were formed separately from the other islands, and were made from the debris of volcanic activity that took place approximately 80 million years ago. Small earthquakes occur but do not seriously affect the Virgin Islands. Erosional processes continue to shape the landscape. St. Croix is separated from its northern neighbors by the 13,500 foot deep Virgin Islands Basin. This image shows both the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

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Maps-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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

Dominica – Maps-au-Naturel™ Poster


Dominica is the product of tectonic plate volcanism. About 50 miles east of Dominica the Atlantic Plate is diving beneath the Cariibbean Plate, where it melts and provides magma for the island’s volcanic activity. Younger ash and lavas cover older lava and breccia from a series of eruptions which ended about 450 years ago. About 500,000 years ago, these eruptions created the major mountains and craters. In 1880 and 1997 there were steam explosions in the Valley of Desolation (in the southern massif). Today the island is subject to earthquakes, and features nine active volcanoes, hot springs and geysers. It is felt that Dominica, amongst all the Caribbean islands, is overdue for an eruption.

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Maps-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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.

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park – Maps-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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

Canyonlands National Park – Maps-au-Naturel™ 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-au-Naturel images eliminate the presence of man to show only the natural landscape. These maps are created to be more of an artistic approximation, a feeling, of a particular landscape, rather than an exact rendering of every detail. The actual topography and coloration of the terrain are researched and studied in maps, photos and satellite imagery, and then applied generally to the Maps-au-Naturel image.

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