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Posted on May 5th, 2020

50-cm Vricon 3D Surface Models and DEMs over Arizona (and the World)!

When it comes to rugged terrain, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is about as bleak and rugged as it gets. This stretch of the US/Mexico border is a major route for immigrants hoping to enter the United States undetected.

The mountain spines, valleys and riverbeds that separate them are beautifully represented in Vricon’s 3D data and digital elevation models (DEMs). As migrants traverse this landscape, they often travel in the valleys under the cover of darkness and shelter in the mountains during the oppressive heat of the day. With this understanding, their movement patterns can be more easily predicted. 3D data really brings this story to life and enables the viewer to understand the terrain in a way that only people who have been there understand.

This is a stretch of Arizona that not many tourists visit, its unique beauty is dotted with Saguaro cactus and Teddy Bear cholla. Wildlife like rattlesnakes and jackrabbits are common. Being able to visit this stretch through Vricon’s highly-accurate 3D surface models and DEMs is really an incredible experience.

Vricon’s extensive 3D and DEM coverage allows visualization and analysis of vast expanses of land that the viewer might otherwise never be able to experience. Because of the unique relationship with Maxar and access to commercial satellite imagery, highly accurate models can be built anywhere in the world, from the emptiest deserts to the tops of snowy mountains.

You can search for Vricon’s entire product suite of 50-centimeter 3D models and DEMs anytime using Image Hunter. If you have any additional questions about Vricon’s elevation products, including specific pricing and coverage inquires, you can email us at and we would be happy to help out!

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