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It would be cool if Google Maps could show you a cross
of the earth showing the change in elevation of your
I rented a U-haul truck when I moved from Boise Idaho to
Chicago. It was in the middle of winter. We were pulling
of our cars behind us. I wanted to know the places
very steep roads going up or down. I wanted to know the
places that had the highest elevation.
They have 3D mountains which are sort of pretty to look
but if they just did a cross sectional view, it would be
(just 2D), and more useful.
This would be especially useful for bikers.
Exaggerated vertical scale
(Or understated horizontal scale.) [mouseposture, Mar 27 2011]
[pocmloc, Mar 28 2011]
Google Elevation API
Looks like google do provide some hooks for just this functionality - all you need to do is build (or get someone to build) a suitable user interface. [zen_tom, Mar 28 2011]
||// They have 3D mountains //
||May we point out that there seems to be a dearth of 2-dimensional mountains. Indeed, the very concept of a "mountain" does embody some element of three dimensionality. A two dimensional mountain is typically known as a "plain".
||Real bikers, the sort that leave a blue haze of imperfectly combusted lubricants behind their 100 BHP iron horses as they roar past at far above the speed limit, or the bulging-calved silly-trouser-clad pedal-pushers who deserve nothing more than a sharp blow to the base of the skull immediately followed by a swift and unceremonious interment in a shallow unmarked grave, along with the crushed remains of their velocipede, if any ?
||The technology exists, mapmyfitness.com does both
the elevation view and overlays (USGS) topographical
||And you're right, it's extremely useful for real bikers,
less so the ones who use the name without even
having anything resembling "bike" in the name of
||There are numerous cyclists mapping websites which do exactly this. Not every online mapping utility uses google, you know!
||How about a cross section in which the horizontal scale is
different from the vertical, like <link>. Not sure, otherwise,
if even fairly steep grades wouldn't be visually
distinguishable from flat terrain.
||As long as there are deep holes for the push-bikers to plummet into to their doom, no=-one will mind.
||Seems perfectly reasonable to me - a simple contour map could be overlaid onto the map - there used to be all sorts of optional map overlays people 'mashed up' - I'd hope that this existed in some form out there somewhere.
||//A two dimensional mountain is typically known as a "plain".// - or a "graph"