Middle East


Not known

Creation Date

Modified in 1980, original creation date not known.

Scale and Size

Original art scale: Not known
Original art size: 45.7 × 40.6
Cropped digital art size: 43.09 × 34.04 cm at 300 DPI,
5,089 × 4,020 pixels

Terms of Use

No use restrictions. The shaded relief is in the public domain.


None. The relief is in the Lambert Conformal Conic projection, parameters not known.

Map Compatibility

Relief art modified by Tom Patterson to register with 1:50 million Natural Earth vectors: www.naturalearthdata.com
The relief download includes a Natural Earth coast shape file with embedded projection information.

Release Date

September 2011

Additional Information

R. R. Donnelley and Sons Cartographic Services commissioned the creation of this shaded relief under the supervision of Herwig G. Schutzler. The Cartographic Services unit at R.R. Donnelley is now defunct. Upon going out of business, Donnelley transferred ownership of the relief art to GeoSystems Global Corporation, which later became MapQuest, owned by AOL. When MapQuest sold off their custom cartography unit, GeoNova, a successor company, became the new owners of the relief. GeoNova has since failed. Herwig G. Schutzler then donated the film transparency of this relief to the U.S. Library of Congress, where it is permanently stored along with other Donnelley relief art. The location of the original relief art is not known.
This relief is a photo print of a CIA-produced relief that RR Donnelley extended in 1980.
Stacks Image 1090



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