Hawaii's Mauna Kea is arguably the highest mountain in the world measured from it base, from 20,000' under the sea, at over 33,000'. But even from sea level, this is a monster of a mountain. Measuring 40 by 30 miles at its base, and almost 14,000' high, this is the highest mountain in the Hawai'ian islands, and contains a 770 cubic miles of material. While technically dormant, it is still expected to erupt again, though there should be enough warning to prevent loss of life. The summit is known for its clear, dry, air, and is thus one of the best locations for ground-based telescopes in the world. Because of its size, we've focused on the summit area of Mauna Kea, which means that these observatories are visible as small white spots on the larger models. Elevation data is from the USGS, while full-color photography is provided by the ESA's Sentinel-2 satellite.
The Explorer series of TinyMtn models is designed to break our usual impression of mountains. We generally see mountains one at a time, from a distance, and from the ground. While all TinyMtn models give you a fresh perspective on any one peak, the Explorer series presents mountains in identical scale, and shifted up so that sea level is at the bottom of the base. Thus, when you set two Explorer models next to each other, you will immediately notice which is taller, which rises more from its base, which is more massive, and so on. Plus, all Explorer models come in full color, making them just that much more realistic.
Model scale is 1:250000
Model covers an area approximately 9.9 by 9.9 miles
Altitudes covered: 5678' to 13796'
There is no vertical exaggeration applied to this model. This is a true-to-life scale model of a real place.
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TinyMtn models are most affordable in the "Sandstone" and "White Strong and Flexible" materials. This model is in "Sandstone," which is a glued gypsum material. When you receive the model it will be ready for display, though it may smell funny and need some time to air out. "Sandstone" models are much more brittle than "White Strong and Flexible" models, but feel more like light stone. Do not soak it in water, though you can safely seal it with Polycrylic or a similar water-based clear spray sealant. Read more about this popular material here
These models have been optimized for the above materials, and are not offered in other materials for strength or cost reasons. If you need one in another material, please email@example.com
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Model created using GDAL, NetPBM, Gmsh, Carve, MeshLab, and other custom software
Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data from 2016
Copernicus Open Access Hub is https://scihub.copernicus.eu/dhus
Source of digital elevation and aerial orthoimagery data: U.S. Geological Survey
The USGS home page is http://www.usgs.gov/