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Where It's At: Drop nearly 15,000 feet in just over 85 miles in the Contiguous U.S.

Where It's At is an occasional feature that uses maps to show interesting stuff about our world.  At least interesting to map geeks like me :)

For this inaugural post:  Where can you can drop nearly 15,000 feet of elevation in just over 85 miles in the contiguous United States?

A clue:  these two points also happen to be the highest elevation point and the lowest elevation point in the contiguous U.S.


Mt Whitney to Badwater Basin elevation profile map

And here's the elevation profile along that line:

Mt Whitney to Badwater Basin elevation profile

Note that it's not a nice easy descent along that path, as there are mountain ranges in between.  In fact, let's go the other direction:  if you wanted to (theoretically) walk along that 85 mile path from Badwater Basin to the top of Mt. Whitney, your elevation gain would be about 35,600 feet (that's about 23% higher than Mt. Everest's 29,029 foot elevation!)

Has anybody ever done this?


How-to:  The above maps and facts were created using the Elevation on Google Maps tool, which has worldwide coverage.  On that tool, you can draw an elevation profile by clicking the "Elevation Profile..." button on the left side of the map (double-click to finish drawing your path).  

Power tip:  To export the elevation data from the profile, first expand the chart into its own tab by using the button in the upper right of the chart, then click the "Download CSV" button.  I opened the .csv file into Excel to calculate the elevation gain, which is the sum of elevation increases along your path (elevation gain exclude segments of elevation declines).


 

AD-FREE FULLSCREEN Map and Search Tools Now Available Using Any Major Credit or Debit Card

Now you can get access to ad-free fullscreen map and search tools by making a small monthly contribution using any major credit or debit card.  A PayPal account is no longer required (but you may optionally use one if you wish).

Once you click the "Contribute" button, as shown below, you'll be taken to a page hosted on PayPal to process the transaction:  


On that page, you can either login and pay via PayPal or you can click the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card", shown here: 




I hope this is a useful option for the many people who have asked me about this.

Happy mapping and searching!


Create a custom area map based on a list of States or ZIP Codes

The Custom Areas using ZIP Codes tool has been enhanced so you can also use U.S. States to define your custom area map.

This can be useful to show:
  • service area maps
  • sales territory maps
  • delivery area maps
  • other custom area map of any topic defined by States or ZIP Codes
To build a map based on states, create a URL like the following:

Here's what the above map looks like:

You can take a screenshot of the static map to include it on your own website, and also create a link like this to let your website users go to an interactive Google Map:  Click to see My Business Coverage Area

Of course you can also still define your custom area map based on ZIP Codes


To create a custom delivery area, service area, or sales territory map based on a list of ZIP Codes, use this form:  Custom Areas using ZIP Codes - Create Map Form.  

For easy use, note that you can draw a custom shape on the map to define your custom area by using the option outlined below:
Create custom area using ZIP Codes on Google Maps

Just draw the area on the map above the form, then click the Finished Map Link to see the results.

Happy mapping!

Option to show businesses, attractions and other points of interest on all map tools

The map tools on randymajors.com start with a clean map, such as this from the What City Am I In? map tool, where city names and neighborhood names appear:

What City Am I In map tool

Now you can choose to show points of interest, businesses, attractions and more by clicking the POI button in the upper right corner of the map.  When you click the button, Google's default place listings appear, with attractions typically showing first, as shown below.

What City Am I In map tool with POIs


As you zoom in further, more points of interest, businesses and more will appear.  Current place information (such as temporary closures, etc.) appears with the label.  Click the label for more detailed information and to pop open a place listing in Google Maps.

What City Am I In POIs detail

To get back to a clean map, just click either the Map or Satellite button in the upper right corner.

The POI button is now available on all randymajors.com map tools.