Note: This map is an artistic representation of Minnesota's terrain. Text labels are intentionally limited.
Lowest elevation lands in Minnesota are colored in shades of green. This includes the vast Red River Valley along the northern west border with the Dakotas and the Minnesota River and Mississippi River valleys in the south-central plains, the area where the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and the surrounding metro area is located.
Warm colors (golden yellow, orange, and red) denote that elevation is in a mid-level range. This includes Minnesota's southeastern corner (including the city of Rochester), and much of north and central Minnesota.
Minnesota's highest elevation lands are colored with blue and purple, with the color white used for the absolute highest peaks. There are three distinct high areas in the state: The southwest corner, near Worthington and Marshall; The north-central part between Detroit Lakes and Bemidji; and the Northeast corner of the state near the Lake Superior border. It's this third high area that contains Minnesota's highest point: Eagle Mountain at an elevation of 2,302 ft or 701 m.
Learn how this Minnesota topographic image was created with digital elevation data.
Many of Minnesota's physical features can be seen in the map. The previously mentioned river valleys (Red River, Minnesota River, and Mississippi River) are especially prominent. The various landforms throughout Minnesota are also easy to see, including the Mesabi Range and Sawtooth Mountains of northeast Minnesota.
The map also shows many of the thousands of lakes for which Minnesota is famous. Major lakes that can be seen are Lake of the Woods, Upper and Lower Red Lake, Leech Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Winnibigoshish, and, of course, Lake Superior. Many additional smaller lakes are also shown (too many to name), and wide or dammed portions of major rivers are also included in this physical map.
83 Minnesota cities and towns are labeled on the map.
Major cities like Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Rochester, Duluth, Saint Cloud, Mankato, and Bloomington are all shown.
Some of the medium and smaller towns on the map include Eagan, Austin, Elk River, Stillwater, Red Wing, Brainerd, Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Waseca, Little Falls, Litchfield, Montevideo, Woodbury, Eden Prairie, Lakeville, Edina, Andover, Forest Lake, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, East Bethel, Hermantown, Baxter, Kasson, as well as many others.
More than just a useful general reference physical map of Minnesota (which it is, of course), this topographic map is a work of art! The bright and bold colors and 3-D shading of terrain make this map one of the must stunning and attractive maps, that will allow you to appreciate Minnesota's unique landscape like never before.
The map will make a stylish and eye-catching addition to any room. Whether displayed in your home, your workplace, or even in a children's classroom, this Minnesota topographic physical map is guaranteed to grab attention and inspire curiosity in geography and natural beauty of the great state of Minnesota.
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