A walkable map of the world, made from soil and stone by one man
Digital resources to strengthen the quality and quantity of geography education in classrooms the world over.
Curated by Seth Dixon
A walkable map of the world, made from soil and stone by one man
What am I thankful for? A world filled with wonder and beauty. A world that is endlessly fascinating because its depths are beyond my ability to ever fully comprehend it. A world that, despite all our faults, remains humanity's only home and we collectively need to to act as good and wise stewards of this planet.
You can explore this glorious map in Denmark on Google Maps as well.
"Thanksgiving resources for geography educators." http://wp.me/P2dv5Z-1lR
At least a dozen countries have had attacks since the Islamic State, or ISIS, began to pursue a global strategy in the summer of 2014.
"GIS is waking up the world to the power of geography, this science of integration, and…creating a better future," proclaimed Esri founder Jack Dangermond at the 2015 Esri User Conference.
If you haven't discovered the power of geography or the power of GIS, this article from ArcNews is for you. If you need to convince others of the power of geography, this is for you to strengthen your case.
"Old maps get a lot of love, and with good reason—with their sea monsters and sheer craftsmanship, they can transport us through both space and time. But although they lack fold-mark furrows, there’s something to be said for new maps, too. Leafing through Mind the Map, a stunning new book from Gestalten, it’s hard not to think we’re living in the middle of a map renaissance, a time when cartographers and illustrators have good design on their minds and satellite data at their fingertips. This partnership between math and art allows for representations that are not only technically accurate, but also have a sense of a place."
"What is on the other side of the Earth? Find out here."
The antipode of any place is the spot of opposite side of Earth; this is like a geographic version of Bizarro Superman (it is also the name of journal for radical geography). Two points are considered antipodal if they are are on opposite sides of a Great Circle from each other (Check out Great Circle mapper). I knew I never would be able to dig a hole to China from the United States...I guess I'll have to go to Argentina with my shovel to dig my tunnel.
Like millions of other Americans, I watch the NFL on a regular basis. However, just like millions of other viewers, most Sundays I am not sure which games will be on my television. For years, the strange geographic structures that underpinned league broadcasts were almost entirely obscured from the average consumer. People would turn on their TVs expecting to see one game only to be disappointed by another.
The top map is essentially a major market analysis of sports teams and shows to some extent the media hinterlands of America's major cities. The second map I find even more interesting; all teams are regional, but a select few have larger national followings (if you are a fan of the Packers, Steelers, 49ers or Cowboys and are not from those areas, maybe I can guess your age). There are many other maps in this interesting sports geography article. What patterns do you see? Explanations?
The source of migrants today has changed the cultural composition of the United States from what is was 100 years ago. Cultures are not static and migration is one of the key drivers of change. These maps are produced by the Pew Research Center and show the main country of origin of each states' foreign born population. Despite what media reports would have you believe, immigration into the United States is not on the dramatically on the rise, maps such as these can be construed to imagine that there is a massive flow of immigrants coming from south of the border. The reality is that percentage of foreign-born migrants in the United States from Mexico, and most Latin American countries, has steadily dropped since 2000.
"Using data from the USDA, Pecirno has mapped the lower 48 states by picturing just one single subject, and nothing else – no political borders or backgrounds. The project aims to show how richly detailed single-subject maps can give people a new way to understand their landscape, Pecirno says. Can you guess what Pecirno is picturing in the minimalist maps below? To make it easier, we’ve given you a few options to choose from."
Ubercool wind animation all over the world. Wind and weather forecast for kiters, surfers, pilots and anyone else.
With people on the East Coast concerned about the possible trajectories for Hurricane Joaquin, I think it is the right time to share this interactive map. In the past I shared a dynamic map of near-live wind data for the United States and a mesmerizing digital globe with wind data. This new one though, includes multiple meteorological layers with forecasts for the next two weeks...very cool.
As stated on USGS map projections page: "[Gnomonic maps are] used by some navigators to find the shortest path between two points. Any straight line drawn on the map is on a great circle, but directions are true only from center point of projection." This interactive is a very fun way to visualize this and to understand distortion.
"As you may know, Google Maps uses the Mercator projection. So do other Web mapping services, such as Bing Maps and MapQuest. Over the years I’ve encountered antipathy toward the use of the Web Mercator from map projection people. I know of two distinct schools of opposition. One school, consisting of cartographic folks and map aficionados, thinks the Mercator projection is 'bad': The projection misrepresents relative sizes across the globe and cannot even show the poles, they are so inflated. The other school, consisting of geodesy folks, thinks mapping services have corrupted the Mercator projection, whether by using the wrong formulæ for it or by using the wrong coordinate system for it."
In this article you will find a thoughtful discussion of the reasons why the Mercator projection is disliked by many, but still so prevalent. In ArcGIS online, you can Search For Groups and then enter Projected Basemaps to see many map projections on that platform. For more resources on understanding map projections, click here.
Thousands of refugees, many of them fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, are streaming across Europe in search of safety and security.
If you were hoping someone would make an interactive Story Map with 8 maps on the global refugee crisis, then this is absolutely for you. While some of the data is centered on Syria and Europe, other maps are global in focus. This is a VERY good example of a great web map.
"I have recently updated a document entitled “Why GIS in Education Matters” and have placed it online. It represents my attempt to provide the most compelling and important reasons to teach and learn with Geographic Information Systems in a concise document that takes up no more than both sides of a single page. While we have discussed other documents, messages, lessons, and videos in this blog over the years that are tailored to specific educational levels, needs, and content areas, this document contains the “essentials” that I have found resonate with the widest group of educators. These essentials include critical thinking, career pathways, spatial thinking, the whys of where, asking good questions, sustainability and green technology, and mapping changes over space and time."
This map points out the highly uneven spatial distribution of (geotagged) Wikipedia articles in 44 language versions of the encyclopaedia. Slightly more than half of the global total of 3,336,473 articles are about places, events and people inside the red circle on the map, occupying only about 2.5% of the world’s land area.
Crowdsourcing is a powerful way to leverage modern digital sharing capabilities, but it inherently going to lead to inequities in the reporting coverage. Why are there so many geo-tagged Wikipedia articles in Europe and not as many elsewhere? What factors account for these discrepancies?
"A new study maps the population gaps between men and women around the world."
This interactive map is a great way to show how the 3 questions of geography make statistical analysis become more meaningful (where, why there and why care?). There are plenty of reason to care about these spatial patterns and their far-reaching implications.
"So it's welcome news that Google wants to make this all much, much simpler with its brand new Project Sunroof tool. Plug in your address, and Google uses its aerial imagery capabilities to help you figure out whether solar power might be a worthwhile idea. (The project is still in its early stages; here's Google's announcement from Monday.)
For now, data is only available for selected parts of the country. But let's look at a sample address given in Redwood City, California. The tool first calculates both how big the roof is and how much sun it gets per year."
This site is used to highlight the distortion issues caused by the Mercator map projection. It can be used to show the true size of countries
How it Works
1. Enter a country or state name
2. Hover over selection for size information
3. Click on selection to drag
4. Right-click on selection to delete
"In some ways, all 2D maps of Earth are interrupted at some point, even if it’s just along the antimeridian at 180°. Interruptions are often in areas of less interest e.g. oceans for a land-focused map."
No screenshot could do justice to this animation. It transforms a map of the world from one map projection to another, and in the 5 second interval it 'spins the globe' to give you a sense of the the spatial distortions inherent in all projections. This is but one of the many visualizations from Jason Davies mapping project.
Explore the popularity of some of the world’s favourite foods on Instagram. Discover Instagram’s capital of curry, which cities are big on burgers, and where pulled pork is most prolific.
I was talking to a good friend about the geographic distribution of poutine after watching the silliest YouTube video. (Montreal is famous for it's poutine, but is in equally widespread throughout Quebec? Canada? Is there a core/domain/sphere areas to be mapped? These are the questions that plague geographers.). True, this map has it's limitations; Instagram hashtag data isn't normalized so the biggest cities tend to pop out more easily, access/use of Instagram isn't uniform, etc. Still, what a great map to show some geographic applications of social media data. This sort of map also nicely shows the spatial concepts of region, diffusion, concentration and distribution.
"Tourists and locals experience cities in strikingly different ways. To see just how different these two worlds are, have a look at the map of Washington D.C. above based on where people take photos. The red bits indicate photos taken by tourists, while the blue bits indicate photos taken by locals and the yellow bits might be either."
It amazes me how the same city can provide such diverse experiences to so many people. Growing up in San Diego, going to the zoo was only our family's radar when company was over and they wanted to "see San Diego." Their vision of the place, what is iconic and what is quintessentially symbolic of that place, was different from my own.
Questions to Ponder: What are some other ways (besides local/tourist) that a place can be experienced by other groups? How many of these 136 cities can you identify from these tourist/local patterns?
"The president and owner of Mapping Specialists, David Knipfer, said maps are more prevalent in society now than they’ve ever been, from turn-by-turn direction apps, to restaurant searches, to social networks that pinpoint users’ locations. Maps aren’t going away, but people are learning to use them in a different way, Knipfer said."
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Maps. They’ve been around longer than photographs. They’ve defined empires,guided explorers, told stories, and captured the imagination of many a hopeful traveler for years. While most appreciate the beauty and power of a good map, few recognize the dynamic and vital applications they have today.