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Infographic of the Day: A 3-D Map of America’s Highest Mountains

If you want to hike all of America’s top peaks, then let this infographic be your sherpa.

“Peak bagging” may sound like some unholy hazing ritual, but it’s actually just another name for hiking with a purpose. Peak baggers aim to “bag,” or ascend, all the highest elevations in a given area of the country–or just all of them, period. Now hardcore hikers can zero in on their next summit using 3-D visualizations, courtesy of Chicago designer Jerome Daksiewicz.

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Color coded 3-D graphics highlight the highest elevations at glance. But Daksiewicz breaks things down in minute detail, including a pie chart classifying the names of the landmarks. (“Mounts” and “peaks” compose half of the map; “mounds” and “knobs,” not so much.)

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And if you’re a straight-up data nerd as well as an outdoorsy type, you’ll also appreciate this handy bar chart of elevations, complete with means:

[via Jerome Daksiewicz]

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John Pavlus is a writer and filmmaker focusing on science, tech, and design topics. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Scientific American, Technology Review, BBC Future, and other outlets

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