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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

I'm a bit of a cartophile and couldn't resist this map (click to enlarge).

It offers a fascinating view of our city. It's very easy to see where we are - in the hollow between the Hampstead mountains and a hilly ring circling round from Wood Green to West Green. I had no sense of this higher ground. I suppose all this topography would have been much more evident before everything was covered with bricks and concrete. I imagine it would have played a significant role in Haering's choice of a place for his settlement. 

Both our local railway lines show up for confirmation and the Hog's Back is very clear to see. 

I found it on reddit. In the discussion, Canadian geographic information systems expert Steve Parker (visualgeomatics) says

I rendered it from LiDAR data in a software called Blender which does realistic shading. There's a lot of vertical exaggeration to bring out the landforms

if you search "lidar" on https://data.gov.uk/ you'll find the DTM covering England, that's the one I used.

It seems like the guy runs a maps business. You can guy this map from his online store

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Thank you for posting this, Hugh. It is fascinating to see the topography and get a better idea of the "ups and downs" of our city. As an old geographer, I love this.

Thanks for this Hugh - quite surprising seeing this - bit like going up the EYE

In response to a question via message, below is the section on the map where we're based.


"I had no sense of this higher ground"

I take it, Hugh, that you're not a cyclist?

Hugh may well not have had as much sense of the higher and lower areas as is provided by this topographical map. This would be be because the exaggeration of height, in relation to distances, emphasises the height differences. I don't cycle at present, but I can tell higher areas, steeper slopes, from a basic OS map, by looking at the contour lines. Reading an OS map in this way is not a facility that many people have, but I was lucky enough to study Geography at university level. It is said of geographers that we have no sense of direction (which is curiously often true) but that we can find our way anywhere with a map and compass <g>.

More of a walker, Sean.



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