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.
A map of gunshots detected in Washington DC since 2009 using triangulated sonic sensors. The system allows police to be quickly dispatched to within yards of where the guns were fired (though the related article doesn’t go into much detail about whether that leads to catching the shooters).
Nicely done. I suspect some people might think that London is given credit for more than it deserves.
Climate change will not impact everywhere at the same time. The below map estimates when the average temperature of the coolest year will exceed the historic average hottest year. What does this mean? Besides that we’re all screwed, you may wish to reconsider your tropical retirement plans. (related article)
And the original study also has some nice visualizations:
Pretty crazy how many changes happened in the last 1000 years, compared to the (relative) stability of recent history.
I like these vintage history maps. They are nice and information dense, and you can almost smell your old school when you look at them.
Below is the hard to find “Histomap of Religion” which recently sold online for $405.
Here’s the 1881 “Synchronological Chart of Universal History” which is one of the best chart titles of all time, and stretched 23 feet long.
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