The maps most of us are familiar with feature landmarks that stand out - like mountains, roads, lakes and rivers. But a Ph.D. candidate of geospacial science in Australia thought it would be interesting to focus on what doesn't stand out, but is cast in shadow.
"The idea of mapping the landscape using only sunset shadows came to me as a way to focus purely on the natural shape, structure and texture of the landscape, and make an incredibly minimalist map without any additional distractions," explained Robbi Bishop-Taylor of University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in a statement he shared with Seeker.
At top is a stunning overview of shadows cast by hills and mountains just before sunset in the continental United States.
"My hope is by showing the familiar features of the planet - hills, mountains, rivers - from a new, more unfamiliar perspective, my maps can help introduce others to the incredibly beauty of geography that might otherwise go unseen," Bishop-Taylor said.
Below is a map showing shadows cast in the Great Basin, a region bounded by the Wasatch Mountains to the east, the Sierra Nevada to the west, and the Snake River Plain to the north.