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A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award

A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award | web maps | Scoop.it

"To design a map of the world is no easy task. Because maps represent the spherical Earth in 2D form, they cannot help but be distorted, which is why Greenland and Antarctica usually look far more gigantic than they really are, while Africa appears vastly smaller than its true size. The AuthaGraph World Map tries to correct these issues, showing the world closer to how it actually is in all its spherical glory."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 1, 2:03 PM

This just shows how subjective the concept of "accurate" can be. First off, this is a fabulous map that nicely minimizes distortions (distance, direction, area, and shape) of the land on our planet. Any criticism of the map just shows the impossibility of making an accurate 2D map of a 3D Earth, but I still think that there is plenty of room to discuss the flaws/distortions that were chosen instead of others. It is interesting to note that a Japanese contest awarded this map with it's top honor (I doubt a Brazilian organization would feel the same way about this map). This map does make with some traditional cartographic conventions in its representation of Earth.  

 

Questions to Ponder: What are some elements of this map that are different from more traditional maps? This map claims to be more accurate; does that make it more useful?    

 

Tags: visualization, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.

Paula Weir's curator insight, November 15, 9:13 AM
I like this 
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A Visual History Of Urbanization, From The World's First City In 3700 BC To The Present

A Visual History Of Urbanization, From The World's First City In 3700 BC To The Present | web maps | Scoop.it
A Visual History Of Urbanization, From The World's First City In 3700 BC To The Present
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Interactive Climate Map

Interactive Climate Map | web maps | Scoop.it

"Obsessed as we are with cartography we in Staridas Geography perceive any aspect of the actual 3D World as a constant opportunity for another pretty map creation!"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 6, 11:35 AM

This is a great interactive map of the world's climate zones. 

 

Tags: ESRIStoryMapedtech, GIS, mapping, cartographyphysical.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 19, 7:47 PM

Great map to discuss global distribution of biomes and links to climate 

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 21, 6:24 PM
Fun way for students to learn about the diverse climates around the world, by selecting a location on the map students are shown the climatic data of the selected place.
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Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped

Half the World Lives on 1% of Its Land, Mapped | web maps | Scoop.it

"Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka created this map using NASA’s gridded population data, which counts the global population within each nine-square-mile patch of Earth, instead of within each each district, state, or country border. Out of the 28 million total cells, the ones with a population over 8,000 are colored in yellow."

 

Tags: population, density, mapping, visualization.


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Brian Weekley's curator insight, July 27, 10:47 AM
Great simple map of world population.  Scroll down and look at the U.S.  It reflects the global trend.  This also has political implications, as evidenced by voting patterns in the 2012 presidential election.  Elections are dependent upon votes, which come from people, which are primarily clustered in cities.  Election campaigns would use this data to plan their schedules as to where to focus their campaigning efforts.  For the folks in Wyoming, they rarely see candidates other than during the primaries.  And these world populationclusters have been relatively consistent historically, particularly in south and east Asia.  Northern India has serious carrying capacity challenges. Notice the clusters along the Nile- evidence of arable land.
Francisco Restivo's curator insight, August 8, 5:49 PM
Fantastic visualization!
David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 8, 5:55 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation.

Canada is a huge country. Most of it is unfit for human habitation. | web maps | Scoop.it

"The area below the red line includes most of Nova Scotia, in Canada's east, but most of the population comes from the area a little farther west, in a sliver of Quebec and a densely populated stretch of Ontario near the Great Lakes."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 5:15 PM

Admitted, the web Mercator projection of this map distorts the far northern territories of Canada, but still it hammers home some fascinating truths about Canada's population distribution.  Land-wise, Canada one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, most of it is quite barren.  What geographic factors explain the population concentration and distribution in Canada?  

 

TagsCanada, map, North America, population, density.

Ivan Ius's curator insight, June 4, 10:27 AM
This article highlights the geographic concept of Spatial Significance
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 4, 5:13 PM

Factors influencing settlement patterns - concentrations of population 

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32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World | web maps | Scoop.it
Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Here are 32 maps will teach you something new about our interconnected planet.

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Some of these maps are more compellling than others (like all lists like this) but some are really telling.  The map above shows the dense concentration of tech corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley/San Francisco. 

 

Tags: technology, map, map archive. 

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Jodi Esaili's curator insight, April 4, 9:28 AM

Some of these maps are more compellling than others (like all lists like this) but some are really telling.  The map above shows the dense concentration of tech corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley/San Francisco. 

 

Tags: technology, map, map archive. 

macellomedeiros's curator insight, April 4, 10:18 AM

Some of these maps are more compellling than others (like all lists like this) but some are really telling.  The map above shows the dense concentration of tech corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley/San Francisco. 

 

Tags: technology, map, map archive. 

Lynne Stone's curator insight, August 30, 8:08 PM
Everything posted by Seth Dixon really contributes to our understanding to the world.
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We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route

We Need This: A Maps App That Algorithmically Finds You the Scenic Route | web maps | Scoop.it
Here’s something nice: Researchers working out of a Yahoo lab in Barcelona are building a maps application that doesn’t just spit out the fastest path from A to B but instead endeavors to show you the most enjoyable one. What a concept! Is it too much to ask that the entire tech industry follow their…
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The Evolution of the World Map

The Evolution of the World Map | web maps | Scoop.it

"Use our interactive In Charted Waters tool which shows information & visuals on how our knowledge of the world map has evolved."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 19, 2:41 PM

This interactive map/timeline takes users (shared before but the URL has been updated here) around the world through the major events representing the expansion of human knowledge.  Admittedly, this is represents knowledge from a Eurocentric perspective, but that is somewhat appropriate in this instance since that was the largest store of spatial knowledge as this global information coalesced.  Users can visualize the coordination of absolute space and realize the actions undertaken that shifted geography from its predecessor, cosmology.  Each achievement came through intensive exploration and the detailed mapping of those endeavors.

 

Tagshistoricalmappingcartography, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Educator Spotlight: Introducing Maps to Little Kids

Educator Spotlight: Introducing Maps to Little Kids | web maps | Scoop.it
Lisa Carpentier is a kindergarten teacher at Mentone Elementary School in Mentone, California. Lisa has been teaching for 22 years. Lesson Name: Introducing Maps to Little Kids Tell us about your activity. What did you need to prepare and how long did it take? I began by asking students what a map was and what it…
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American Panorama

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Finally exploring American Panorama, an ambitious digital atlas https://t.co/O4B600dEiM very cool, tho sheer density of data is challenging


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, January 8, 12:06 PM

Awesome digital atlas!

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100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015

100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 | web maps | Scoop.it

Tags: K12, map, map archives.
It's time to present the most interesting interactive maps that came to our attention in 2015


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 12:58 PM

There is bound to be something that you will find useful/insightful in this year-end list part I and part II).

 

Tags: map, map archives.

Alex Smiga's curator insight, January 23, 4:50 PM

Such a great collection of interactive and beautiful maps, hours of entertainment for the North American APHUG nerdus domesticus.

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Educator Spotlight: Where on Earth: An Introduction to Latitude and Longitude

Educator Spotlight: Where on Earth: An Introduction to Latitude and Longitude | web maps | Scoop.it
Karuna Skariah, a National Board Certified Teacher, is an educator at Robert Goddard Montessori School  in Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland. She is a mentor for teachers going throug...
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See How Sea-Level Rise Might Drown Some Cities

See How Sea-Level Rise Might Drown Some Cities | web maps | Scoop.it
ENVIRONMENT A new map from Climate Central shows how water will flow into hundreds of U.S. cities under the best and worst global warming scenarios. (Wired) Watch our video to better understand sea...
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Teen creates insanely detailed map of stereotypes around the world

Teen creates insanely detailed map of stereotypes around the world | web maps | Scoop.it
17-year-old Martin Vargic has gone great lengths to really offend everyone (just kidding, Martin) by making a map that shows the most prevalent stereotypes
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This gorgeous interactive world map visualizes real-time weather data

This gorgeous interactive world map visualizes real-time weather data | web maps | Scoop.it
Weather apps, although a useful thing to have on a smartphone or bookmarked on your laptop, aren't generally known for their beauty. Ventusky, a web application launched earlier this year, wants to change that. It was created by Czech meteorological company InMeteo, the company behind In-počasí, one of that country's most reputable weather information websites. Check it out here. If you do nothing, you can simply marve
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Maptia · A World of Stories

Maptia · A World of Stories | web maps | Scoop.it
Join Maptia to discover a world of remarkable stories, told by some of the most inspiring photographers, writers, and adventurers on the planet, and to publish and share your stories as part of our thoughtful community.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 24, 2:53 PM

Amazing content to build lessons around.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, July 26, 2:44 AM
A beautiful website where we can read some captivating stories about the world around us. The creative part is also present as we can be the ones publishing our own. One mor challenge for our students!
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, August 12, 12:38 PM
This site has incredible visuals if you need them for content areas.  The readings could be difficult for many ESL/EFL students, but the text could be pasted into sites that simplify reading.  I believe I've scooped some of those sites in the past.
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Poles of Inaccessibility

Poles of Inaccessibility | web maps | Scoop.it
Geography nuts have located the hardest place to get to on every continent and beyond.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 20, 9:59 AM

The middle of nowhere...this is a common expression that is used to convey isolation, backwardness, wilderness, or a lack of network connections.  This article focuses on 8 places that are the farthest away from coasts as well as land (known as 'Poles of Inaccessibility').  The point on the map above is Point Nemo, right in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean; it is the farthest place on Earth from land and is one of the best candidates for the world champion title of "the middle of nowehere."  What is it close to?  Nothing. 

 

Tagsplace, distance, site, Oceania.

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220 years of US population changes in one map

Every 10 years, the Census Bureau calculates the exact center of the US population. Here's what that statistic shows about our history.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 1:46 PM

Every 10 years the centroid (the center of U.S. population) is calculated using the latest census data.  As the video above shows, the centroid has continued moved west throughout history, but in the last 60 years has moved to the south and west.  The recent shift to the south coincides with the mass availability of air conditioning (among other factors) which opened up the Sun Belt.  In this article in Orion Magazine, Jeremy Miller discusses the historical shifts in the spatial patterns of the U.S. population and the history of the centroid.  you can listen to the podcast version of the article or a shorter podcast by NPR

 

Questions to Ponder:  Would the centroids of other countries be as mobile or predictable?  Why or why not?  What does the centroid tell us?

 

Tags: statistics, census, mappingmigration, populationhistoricalUSA.

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Maps Show Where Tourists Go—and Where Locals Do

Maps Show Where Tourists Go—and Where Locals Do | web maps | Scoop.it
GEOGRAPHY If you want to find tourists snapping pictures, you probably know where to go—Times Square in New York City, the Embarcadero in San Francisco, or Chicago's Magnificent Mile. But what locals think is picture-worthy in these cities is often substantially different. (Washington Post) Use our resources to better understand urban geography. Teachers, scroll down…
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GeoInquiries for Human Geography

GeoInquiries for Human Geography | web maps | Scoop.it

"GeoInquiries are designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity in a collection is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 13, 11:20 AM
ESRI has produced GeoInquires for Earth Science, History and now AP Human Geography.  If you try out an APHG GeoInquiry, please take a moment or two to give the folks at ESRI some feedback (a free book from ESRI for the first reviewers). They are especially looking for reviewers for the GeoInquiries for
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ESRI has produced GeoInquires for Earth Science, History and now AP Human Geography.  If you try out an APHG GeoInquiry, please take a moment or two to give the folks at ESRI some feedback (a free book from ESRI for the first reviewers). They are especially looking for reviewers for the GeoInquiries for
1) Distance, transportation, and scale 2) USA Demographics and 3) Agricultural Patterns. 

Tags: mapping, geospatial, ESRI, APHG.

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The Geography of New Orleans

The Geography of New Orleans | web maps | Scoop.it
Geographers make a distinction between site and situation as they consider the underlying foundation of a place. Few cities represent such a wide chasm between these two aspects as does New Orleans. The situation, or the answer to why does a place exist, was imperative. The Mississippi River was a major artery for the North American continent. As first the Europeans and then the Americans assumed control of the area, a port was essential at the mouth of this river. But the site, the response to where a city is placed, continues to confound. Few environments were or are more inhospitable to human habitation. Poor soil, disease, floods, and hurricanes are constant threats that have plagued the city for over three centuries. But the why trumped the where and hence the paradox of New Orleans persists.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 24, 2015 7:51 AM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

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names of streets were obviously french!
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The area of this map coloured red has the same population as the area coloured blue

The area of this map coloured red has the same population as the area coloured blue | web maps | Scoop.it
Well, this is kind of crazy. Only 5 per cent of the world's population lives in the regions of this map shaded blue. Another 5 per cent lives in the area shaded red. Yoinks.

 

Tags: population, density, South Asia.


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 6, 6:34 AM

Parece realmente una broma, pero la zona coloreada de rojo alberga a 350 millones de personas sobre una superficie que arroja una densidad poblacional de 1,062 habitantes por Km2. Si esto se compara con el país más densamente poblado de Europa, que es Holanda, con una densidad de 409 habitantes/Km2 o incluso con el departamento de Lima (269.1 habitantes /Km2) vemos que hay una gran diferencia. Pero el Perú también tiene propio su punto rojo en términos de densidad poblacional (no en términos de población absoluta). ¿Saben que lugar es este? Pues la provincia Constitucional del Callao que tiene una densidad poblacional de 7,159.83 habitantes/Km2 (2015).

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Top TED Ed Lessons for Math Teachers via Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top TED Ed Lessons for Math Teachers via Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | web maps | Scoop.it

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Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration

Mesmerizing Maps of Bird Migration | web maps | Scoop.it
GEOGRAPHY New maps track the movement of bird species across the U.S. using lava lamp-esque visuals. (Atlas Obscura) Compare the new maps with our classic high-resolution map of bird migration in t...
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Canada's secret plan to invade the U.S. (and vice versa)

Canada's secret plan to invade the U.S. (and vice versa) | web maps | Scoop.it
After World War I, Canada drew up classified plans to invade the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. had its own secret plot to create the "United States of North America."

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 17, 2015 9:36 AM

hoax?

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Alex Vielman's curator insight, September 20, 2015 10:25 PM

It's very interesting to see how neighbor countries don't really get along as to how one thinks they would. Who would of thought Canada actually had plans to invade the U.S.? Isn't it a good thing to have your allies like best friends? Canada had this plan during the 1920s and had 5 intrusion entries. its interesting to see how one of the intrusion points would of been Seattle. In my opinion, this could of been a really bad for both countries. Overall, now I would like to know how 'well' the relationship is between the two countries.