A shaded relief map of the United States with inset maps for Alaska and Hawaii with lowest points in each state marked with a small black dot and highest points in each state marked with a red diamond symbol.

U.S. States With the Most Extreme Elevation Spans

Caitlin Dempsey

Here are the states with the greatest difference in elevation between the highest and lowest points.

A lidar image of Washington DC show elevations of the buildings and streets.

Lidar Explained

Caitlin Dempsey

Lidar is a technology developed to map the elevation of features on and below the surface of the Earth.

Badwater Basin, Death Valley National Park. Photo: NPS, public domain.

The Lowest Point in Every U.S. State

Caitlin Dempsey

This article takes a look at the lowest elevation point in every state in the U.S.

Updated 3D Global Topo Data from NASA

Caitlin Dempsey

Based on measurements from¬†NASA’s Terra spacecraft, a new 3D topographic map has been released as a joint effort by NASA ...