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Elevation tints work very well to show one important aspect of landforms: how high is one area in relation to another. Relief shading portrays slope, from flat to gently sloped to steep. Cartographers combine the two, and that gives a pretty good picture of the varied characters of different landforms. 

In the examples shown, the low but steep and stream-eroded mountains of the coast Range in Oregon are obviously very different from the high-elevation and glacially gouged tilted fault block of the Steens Mountains in eastern Oregon.

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