Mars terraforming

Theoretical terraforming Mars using scientific colormaps of Crameri (2018) highlighting the planet’s surface dichotomy. The animation shows the digital elevation model (available from based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter data (MOLA; Smith et al. 1999) obtained on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft (Albee et al. 2001).

  • High-res GIF and video formats
  • Light and dark background versions
  • Perceptually uniform colour map (but unequal representation below and above zero level)
  • Colour-vision deficiency friendly
  • Readable in black&white

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