Ok, I lied. It’s really only updated every three hours – but it’s still pretty awesome. You can zoom in and rotate the globe to see whichever hemisphere you’re interested in.
You can even change the map projection used:
The creator asked 30 people to draw a map of the world and then combined the results. Pretty sad. (the bottom image – it’s a mockup, not an exact replica of the real result)
The original drawings are even more pathetic, for the most part:
This one is pretty impressive:
I love these huge old maps. Apparently flying across the country then required taking a train for some stretches though. Hehe. (via Slate)
Interesting research and simulation of how pandemics propagate in the modern world: (via FastCoExist)
National Geographic is adding 500 of their classic maps to the Google public data archive. Basically, these are layers mapped onto Google’s existing map engine. The press release contained two examples, but bizarrely, no link to the public gallery where the NattyG maps will eventually appear.
In some ways, this strikes me as a bit silly. but having access to these historical maps at all is a good thing, and it’s remarkable how accurate many of them were.
We’ve seen maps of languages around the world but it’s interesting to look a little deeper at how specific words differ across countries. Michael Kelley makes a few guesses over at Business Insider as to what explains some of the difference.
An interactive map showing the range of radio stations in the United States.
I tried to find a version of this including commercial stations, but the best was maps of coverage areas for single stations from radio-locator.com.
I still prefer the Baby Name Voyager, but this is a nice presentation.
Also: Jacob? Barf.
Hypothetical mapping of what coastlines would look like if all the ice in the world melted, raising ocean levels by 216 feet.
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