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Using digital satellite data and patent-pending technology, STM cut each model from high-density plastic foam and, then, printed a satellite photograph of the site directly onto the model. JPL, NASA, NOAA, Swiss Air, Worldsat, and other agencies and companies throughout the world supplied satellite elevation and imagery data for the models.
The models range in size from 5.5 ft by 4 ft to 52 ft by 6 ft. They include the Alps, Byrd Glacier, Chesapeake Bay and the Appalachian Range; the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Hurricane Floyd, Mount Everest, Mount Fuji, Mount St. Helens (before and after the 1980 eruption), Oahu, Olympus Mons on Mars, Patagonia, San Francisco Bay, the Virunga Mountains and Afghanistan.
STM also produced models of the north and south faces of the Columbia River Gorge. These were used by Decker Studios (Hollywood, CA) to cast two 16 ft bronze models which sit atop granite walls across from each other and flank the walkway to the museum entrance.
These models convey information about topography and geography better than any other mapping technology. People can gather around an STM model and view it from any angle. They can discuss it, touch it and point to specific features on it. As they do, everyone in the group "gets" it -- the scale, distance, terrain, coloration, points of view, sight lines and more.
If you would like to see a photo gallery of STM models now go to www.stm-usa.com.