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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Geography
Spanish term or phrase: perfiles abatidos
The text is a description of 17th-century maps of Spain:

"La representación del relieve, mediante *perfiles abatidos*, y de la red hidrográfica es, en términos generales, aproximativa y parcial; y refleja el desconocimiento cartográfico, entonces habitual, de extensas superficies continentales."

I know what it's referring to, and there's a good explanation (in Spanish) in this document (p.4):

http://ingegraf.upc.edu/PDF/Comunicacion16999.pdf

So, it's a kind of relief shading, but seen from down on the ground, looking from a particular point, rather than a bird's eye view, but I have not been able to find the English term for this. Any ideas?
Surtees
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Summary of answers provided
4relief drawings / hachures
James Murphy
3Lowered profiles
Gad Kohenov


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Lowered profiles


Explanation:
I hope this helps you. This needs confirmation from an expert in maps if possible.

Gad Kohenov
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Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, DF: I had in fact been using 'low profile' (see note from asker, above) but still not really satisfied with it.

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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
relief drawings / hachures


Explanation:
Taking a guess here.
I would suggest using "profile drawing" to portray the idea that it is a small drawing which shows the topography on the map.

Hachure is the technical term referring to shading, but in these older maps, they used drawings more than shadings to portray various topographical features. If the target audience are cartographers, then use "hachure", if not stick with "profile drawing".

For more info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartographic_relief_depiction

An example:
"... Note: Col. map. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Title in margin: Rand, McNally & Company's indexed atlas of the world. "
Found here:
http://www.davidrumsey.com/maps4511.html

James Murphy
Ireland
Local time: 00:10
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, JM. I had thought of 'hachure' but, as you say, it's just the technical term for shading.

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