I'm continuing to hash out the map of my world, using tutorials found on this site and elsewhere.
In some tutorials the starting elevation levels of a planet are treated pretty randomly, implying that while tectonic, volcanic, or eroding activity may be required for distinct features like mountains or gorges, larger scale elevation features (highlands, valleys, large plateaus) may be more up to the whim of the author, if rooted and justified by in the earliest shape of the planet.
Is this correct, or are there other constraining factors that I'm not aware of. As example, does this elevation map (with tectonic plates below it) included currently look realistic?
Finally, and in general, is there anything else I should consider when making an elevation map?