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Five rare and awe-inspiring mountain and river maps
The grandest comparative map of them all has to be the Andriveau & Goujon Comparative Mountains and Rivers Chart. This is where comparative mapping reaches its zenith. On one gigantic sheet, Andriveau & Goujon not only compare and contrast the heights of mountains and the lengths of rivers, but also add a table of waterfalls, show volcanic activity, levels of plant growth and tree lines, and add select cities and European buildings.
maps  history  geography 
3 days ago by terry
It’s not easy to map the 100 largest islands in the world
To sort islands by size, Garcia used the Equal Earth Projection, which maintains’ areas relative sizes as a way to minimize distortion. Garcia then calculated islands’ areas based on data available through the OpenStreetMap project. Since the idea was to show a general public how the islands stack up next to each other, Garcia explains, “I oriented all islands to the same cartographic north, but to visualize each island, I used a projection that depicts how the island looks like on a standard globe.”
maps  geography 
27 days ago by terry
Historic topographic maps pushed Into 3D
What really sells it is the shadows cast by the topological part of the map onto the borders; it’s particularly evident in the Teton and Acadia maps. I’d love to see an animated version of the mountains pushing up from the flatness of the map.
design  maps  geography 
4 weeks ago by terry
Kingdom of Torgu, Laadla, Estonia
A clerical error gave rise to this imaginary micronation in the southwestern corner of Estonia.

[...] 500-odd people who lived in the area were surprised by this negligence, but soon decided to take advantage of the mistake. They came up with the idea of starting their own country, and calling it a kingdom. The throne was offered to a journalist and political activist named Kirill Teiter, who accepted it and became the first (and only) monarch to reign over the newly formed Kingdom of Torgu. The kingdom has its own flag, a coat of arms with a “snail-dragon” as the emblematic animal, and its own currency in coins, the “kirill,” with the worth of 1 kirill fixed to the price of a half-liter of local vodka.
geography  estonia 
4 weeks ago by terry
These stunning satellite images show how growing cities change the planet
In a satellite image of Las Vegas in 1976, the city still looks relatively small. By 2015, after the population had grown more than six times, another image shows the sprawl of streets, houses, and golf courses into the surrounding desert. In a new book of stunning images of cities shown from above, the picture of Vegas is cropped to include nearby Lake Mead, its primary water source. “You actually see Lake Mead retreat and the city grow,” says Meredith Reba.
photography  geography 
october 2018 by terry
Native cartography: a bold mapmaking project that challenges Western notions of place
‘More lands have been lost to Native peoples probably through mapping than through physical conflict.’ Maps have been used not only to encroach on Native Americans lands, but to diminish their cultures as well. With every Spanish, French or English placename that eclipses a Native one, a European narrative of place and space becomes further entrenched. In an effort to help reclaim his region for his people, Jim Enote, a Zuni farmer and the director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in New Mexico, has organised a unique project intended to help bring indigenous narratives back to the land.
maps  america  culture  geography  history 
october 2018 by terry
A map of the world where the sizes of countries are determined by population
Max Roser has constructed a cartogram of the world where the size of the countries are determined by their populations (big version of the image here). He refers to it as “the map we need if we want to think about how global living conditions are changing”.
maps  geography 
september 2018 by terry
20 things I learned while I was in North Korea
I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was. If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in The Truman Show and then made the whole thing Holocaust-esque, you have modern day North Korea.
northkorea  politics  geography 
august 2018 by terry
Indigenous geographies overlap in this colorful online map
FOR CENTURIES, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AND their traditional territories have been purposefully left off maps by colonizers as part of a sustained campaign to delegitimize their existence and land claims. Interactive mapping website Native Land does the opposite, by stripping out country and state borders in order to highlight the complex patchwork of historic and present-day Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages that stretch across the United States, Canada, and beyond.
history  geography  usa  australia  maps 
july 2018 by terry
The epic story of the map that gave America its name
Contrarily, according to a letter dated 1504 from Vespucci to Duke Renè that was reprinted in Introduction to Cosmography and describes his four voyages from 1497 to 1504, he reached the mainland a year earlier than Columbus. Historians have called the authenticity of this letter into doubt, but Waldseemüller and Ringmann took Vespucci’s letter at face value, basing their naming of the new continent on its contents.
geography  maps  history 
july 2018 by terry
In2White
How to celebrate Her Majesty the Mont Blanc? We just wished to represent it as it shows to our eyes : major beauty, astonishing magnitude, pure elation. We were brave, crazy and ambitious enough to think about a gigapanoramic picture, to seize every single detail of the mountain. We are Filippo and Alessandra, passionate of mountain, beauty and photography: here's our concept, our tribute to the Mont Blanc.
photography  geography  mountains 
june 2018 by terry
365-gigapixel panorama of Mont Blanc becomes the world’s largest photo
Say hello to the new largest photo in the world. An international team led by photographer Filippo Blengini has published a gigantic panoramic photograph of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. This new record-holding image weighs in at a staggering 365 gigapixels.
photography  geography  mountains 
june 2018 by terry
Ancient Earth globe
What did Earth look like 240 million years ago?
geography  geology  history  science  earth 
june 2018 by terry
Overview: Earth and civilization in macroscope
Nonetheless, Grant believes advances in technology and the current space revolution will make the overview effect more and more a part of our lives. Geostationary satellites with better cameras are creating new Blue Marbles. Space tourism is on the rise, with trips to Mars on the horizon. The perspective the whole earth icon points to could—for those fortunate enough to “slip the surly bonds of earth”—become a direct experience.

“The overview effect is going to become more of a thing,” Grant says. “Whether or not it’s called that, or whether or not people are experiencing it first hand…if awe is generated, regardless of how it happens, it will lead to more prosocial values and more collaboration, and that will create a better planet.”
time  earth  space  geography  environment 
june 2018 by terry
Why is New Zealand so often left off world maps?
These struggles have been laid out for the rest of the world on the Tumblr blog World Maps Without New Zealand with the slogan: “It’s not a very important country most of the time.” This compendium names and shames organizations that really should know better: the Atlantic Media publication Defense One, Forbes, Mashable, Pyongyang International Airport. (Actually, the site’s curators say, there could be upsides to North Korea forgetting New Zealand exists.) Heck, even the New Zealand government has, on occasion, left themselves off the map.
geography  maps 
may 2018 by terry
The true size of ...
This app was created by James Talmage and Damon Maneice. It was inspired by an episode of The West Wing and an infographic by Kai Krause entitled "The True Size of Africa". We hope teachers will use it to show their students just how big the world actually is.
geography  maps  design 
december 2017 by terry
The "True Size" maps show you the real size of every country (and will change your mental picture of the world)
When laid out flat, it’s pleasingly rectangular, and its eastern and western edges line up neatly. But while in reality, lines of longitude converge at the poles; on the map, they're parallel. As a result, the closer you get to the poles, the more distorted the map becomes, and the bigger things look relative to their actual size. Hence the need for such re-imaginings of the world map as The True Size, "a website that lets you compare the size of any nation or US state to other land masses, by allowing you to move them around to anywhere else on the map." 
geography  maps  design 
december 2017 by terry
Aerial views
For him the Aerial Views show the world out of a different, unusual perspective. He's interested in finding patterns and structures, which sometimes look like abstract paintings. Bernhard also takes particular interest in capturing images that show the impact
of human’s activities on the nature and environment. There is a formal beauty or a pleasant order on one hand, and on the other the transformation or destruction of original nature. To display this antagonism is the main thought of his work.
photography  geography 
november 2017 by terry
Otherworldly ‘Earth Pyramids’ captured in the foggy early morning light by photographer Kilian Schönberger
The structures are created by erosion, rising from clay soil left behind by glaciers from the last Ice Age. Each features a large boulder resting on top which protects the soil below. Eventually the tall columns lose the strength to hold the large rock overhead, shifting balance and sending it tumbling down the mountain.
photography  geography 
october 2017 by terry
'Poor health is commonplace': readers on living in seaside towns
We asked you to share your experiences of the issues that affect those living by the coast. Here’s what some of you said
society  economics  politics  geography 
september 2017 by terry
Why central and eastern European children lag behind in British schools
The difference may be partly cultural. The first wave of Polish pupils had a reputation for being particularly diligent. One head teacher says that, in her experience, Lithuanians are more likely than others to do paid work alongside their studies—partly because they are poorer and partly because their parents tend to place less emphasis on education. The problem is biggest among the Roma population. Having escaped terrible prejudice, many are reluctant to come into contact with local authorities. Some parents are unwilling to send their children—particularly girls—to secondary school to mix with non-Roma.
schools  geography  exams  languages 
july 2017 by terry
Twitter is useful for many things—including (unexpectedly) for studying dialects
That’s a lot of work to confirm stereotypes, but it has the advantage of capturing quickly what pollsters and cultural geographers could only speculate over with census data. Billions of data points also make the work robust. And last, Twitter can capture changes that would take traditional researchers—whether geographers or dialectologists—so much time that they might miss quick-moving developments. Tomorrow’s researchers have a lot to look forward to.
twitter  language  geography 
july 2017 by terry
2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest, part II
The National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest is open to submissions until the end of this week, June 30. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions. National Geographic was again kind enough to allow me to share more of the entries with you here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People.
geography  nature  photography 
june 2017 by terry
Twisted tracks: watch metro maps transform to real-life geography
Transport maps distort a city’s true geography to strike a balance between readability and design. Scroll down to see how six metro maps compare to the real picture on the ground.
maps  geography  design  transport 
june 2017 by terry
Miles of ice collapsing into the sea
The acceleration is making some scientists fear that Antarctica’s ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration. Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate.
geography  science  antarctica 
may 2017 by terry
Meet the people of Transnistria, a stuck-in-time Soviet country that doesn’t exist
It’s impossible to escape the sense of melancholy that pervades the series. It isn’t easy being stateless, and not everyone is optimistic about Transnistria’s future. Anastasia Spatar, who is 23 and has never traveled beyond Transnistria, showed great sadness when Barton asked her to think about her homeland. “[She said] she might burst into tears,” he says.
photography  geography  politics 
march 2016 by terry
How the world went from 170 million people to 7.3 billion, in one map
At 3:20, the Mongol invasion of China begins in the early 13th century, killing huge segments of the population. The Mongol conquests are still considered one of the deadliest wars in history, killing tens of millions of people at a time when the world population was much smaller — around 360 million.
geography  statistics  maps  video 
february 2016 by terry
Earth view
Earth View is a collection of the most striking and enigmatic landscapes available in Google Earth. The colors, shapes, textures and patterns all contribute to the strange beauty of our planet, reminding us of nature’s uncanny geometry and bewildering simplicity.
google  photography  geography 
august 2015 by terry
100 years of National Geographic maps
"The November 1988 map of Mount Everest, which took four years to produce, relied on a high-resolution camera carried on the Columbia space shuttle and 160 overlapping aerial images taken from a Learjet flying at 40,000 feet to map 380 square miles of the region."
geography  history  maps 
february 2015 by terry
This map shows all the countries that have declared independence from the United Kingdom
"If Scotland does becomes independent this week, it will join a long list of nations that have freed themselves from the Empire's chokehold. The map below shows you all the countries that used to be part of the British Empire."
politics  uk  geography  maps 
september 2014 by terry
A Map of the Second-Largest Religion in Each State
"The Washington Post brings us this fascinating map that shows the second-largest religion in each U.S. state (Christianity is the largest religion in every state). Islam is the second-largest religion in 20 states and Judaism is number 2 in 15 states, mostly in the Northeast." Nice to see Buddhism doing so well.
maps  religion  geography 
june 2014 by terry
555 - Forza Cornwall! A Journey in Two Legs | Strange Maps | Big Think
"On Gunn’s poster, two cartographic inserts pair Cornwall with Italy as the two legs of a particularly knock-kneed, yet high-heeled, map creature. The legends are carefully arranged to heighten the sense of symmetry: Atlantic matches with Adriatic, the English Channel with the Mediterranean."
maps  geography 
march 2012 by terry
552 - When Macbeth Met Hamlet: a Scandinavian Scotland? | Strange Maps | Big Think
"One final, crucial advantage of a Scandinavian over a British Scotland: it would no longer be in the Far North of the UK, but in the Southwest of the Scandinavia. The place would not have to move an inch, but it would sound less cold, dark and at the end of everything [8]. Scotland’s new orientation could finally allow it to ditch some of the negative stereotypes that have been dogging it for far too long. It would no longer be colder, emptier and darker than England. It could be as socially sophisticated and as technologically advanced as Denmark or Norway."
maps  politics  geography  scotland 
february 2012 by terry
Unfolding the Earth - Chart Porn
An interesting algorithm based method of creating accurate globe projections.
geography  charts  maps 
january 2012 by terry

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