vertical exaggeration

What is vertical exaggeration?

vertical exaggeration meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

In cartographic representation, a ratio of vertical to horizontal scale greater than 1:1, which has the effect of raising the apparent elevation of points above base level and lowering the apparent depth of points below base level. Expressed as a ratio (5:1, 10:1, etc.), vertical exaggeration is often used to enhance relief on models, block diagrams, profiles, and cross sections. Click here to see the concept illustrated, courtesy of the Gulf of Maine Aquarium. Click here to see vertical exaggeration used in a series of isometric block diagrams (Kansas Geological Survey) and here to see it used in a cross section, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey.


reference: ABC-CLIO