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This Map Shows The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name

This Map Shows The Literal Meaning Of Every State Name | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Flattened Water. Place of the Small Spring. Milky Water. At first glance, these phrases might look like just a jumble of words, but they’re actually something way cooler: the literal translation of three state names in the United States. Can you guess which ones? Expedia Canada put together this colorful map
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How work with map projections

How work with map projections | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Learn about unprojected and projected coordinates, their difference and when to use which ones. Choose the projection type that fits your map's objective.
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Fascinating Relief Maps Show the World's Topography

Fascinating Relief Maps Show the World's Topography | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
The amazing relief maps below were created by Russian Anton Balazh with data provided by NASA. You can find additional renders of Earth at his stock photos portfolio at Shutterstock where you can buy some of his works in high resolution.
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This Guy on a Bike Makes Enormous Doodles with GPS Trails

This Guy on a Bike Makes Enormous Doodles with GPS Trails | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Stephen Lund has biked hundreds of miles across Victoria, Canada to create city-sized doodles painted with his GPS tracker.
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That's dedication!! 

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Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different

Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Why are almost all modern maps the same way up? Caroline Williams explores the intriguing history – and how it sways our psychology.
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These Artists Flood 3-D Maps Of Earth To Simulate The Effects Of Climate Change

These Artists Flood 3-D Maps Of Earth To Simulate The Effects Of Climate Change | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
In Terra Forming, Brotton and Lowe also try to subvert the Terra-centric projection by emphasizing water over land. For the 2014 Anthropocene Monument exhibition at Les Abattoirs in Toulouse, France, Lowe and Gregoire Dupond used a CNC routing machine to carve the Terra-centric map into a 2 x 4 meter block of polyurethane. They then placed this 3D relief into a glass tank with an aquarium pump and reservoir of water. Periodically throughout the day, they flooded the projection until every last mountain peak was submerged.
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Maps Layered With Data Transform Into Art

Maps Layered With Data Transform Into Art | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Maps became art after New York-based graphic designer Paula Scher layered data onto topography.
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Inside the Packed Showrooms of a Prolific Map Collector

Inside the Packed Showrooms of a Prolific Map Collector | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Today, Murray Hudson owns what is said to be the largest private collection of for-sale antique maps, prints and globes in the world. His collection, held in Halls, Tennessee, contains, in addition to some 24,000 maps, over 6700 books, 2690 prints, and 760 globes. Hudson's collection isn't simply the largest; it contains some of the world's most fascinating old maps and globes. Each serves as an intricate, enchanting snapshot of an era gone by.
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7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start)

7 Data Visualization Types You Should be Using More (and How to Start) | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Unique data visualizations are more memorable, and add variety for the audience — even the most clear and straightforward visualization types lose their appeal when repeated over and over again. As visual literacy increases in the general population, data visualization designers will need to continually extend their knowledge of and proficiency across a widening range of visualization approaches to grow their skills alongside audience familiarity and expectations. Even more importantly, broad visualization know-how is essential for matching the data visualization type to the data available, the story to be told, and the question being answered.

In this article, I review 7 less-common (though certainly not unheard-of) yet very useful data visualization approaches:

Slopegraphs
Parallel Coordinates
Alluvial Diagrams
Sunbursts
Circle Packing
Horizon Charts
Streamgraphs
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Detailed US Maps Elevate Data Viz to Fine Art

Detailed US Maps Elevate Data Viz to Fine Art | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Famed graphic designer Paula Scher moonlights as a painter. These are her wild map paintings.
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Kids Mapping Their Slums in India Are Influencing Urban Planning Policies

Kids Mapping Their Slums in India Are Influencing Urban Planning Policies | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
A new project aims to give young Indians a voice in the city-development process.
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A Postman's Worst Nightmare: The Streets Of Silver Springs Shores, Florida

A Postman's Worst Nightmare: The Streets Of Silver Springs Shores, Florida | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
The map above shows just some of the streets of Silver Springs Shores, Florida possibly the worst place in the world to be a postman.
Matt Richardson's comment, November 13, 2017 9:50 AM
In the decades before smartphones, I used to deliver pizza in a section of Porter Ranch that was very similar to this, albeit slightly smaller. It was horrible. The pizza was always cold.
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What a Square Mile of a City's Grid Looks Like Around the World

What a Square Mile of a City's Grid Looks Like Around the World | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Compare the unique layouts of Atlanta, Rome, Tunis, and more.
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Bohrod's America, its history

Bohrod's America, its history | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it

"Bohrod's America, its history: pictorial map showing scenes from America's history with names of historical events."

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Australia Is Not as Down Under as Everyone Thinks It Is

Australia Is Not as Down Under as Everyone Thinks It Is | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
That map of Australia you have? It’s wrong. And the whole country is going to officially relocate north to correct the error.
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Maps need to be updated for a wide range of reasons.  Tectonic plate movements require that we adjust things from where they used to be, to where they are now.  This can be an expensive proposition, but critical for pinpoint precision that may GPS-based technological applications need. 

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Maps need to be updated for a wide range of reasons.  Tectonic plate movements require that we adjust things from where they used to be, to where they are now.  This can be an expensive proposition, but critical for pinpoint precision that may GPS-based technological applications need. 

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Google Maps Gets a 700-Trillion-Pixel Makeover

Google Maps Gets a 700-Trillion-Pixel Makeover | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
It’s the cloudless map’s first major makeover since 2013.
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Letter of Recommendation: U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps

Letter of Recommendation: U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Think of them not as cartographic abstractions, but as incredibly affordable Pollocks.
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USA TODAY publishes article about Colorado marijuana smuggling, but has no idea where Colorado is actually located

USA TODAY publishes article about Colorado marijuana smuggling, but has no idea where Colorado is actually located | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Maybe the writer of this study was high when she published it.
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Why there are sea monsters lurking in early world maps

Why there are sea monsters lurking in early world maps | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Old world maps and atlases are chock full of history, uncharted territories and, if you look carefully, sea monsters.
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Stunning 3D Topographic Maps of Any Place on Earth

Stunning 3D Topographic Maps of Any Place on Earth | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
These highly detailed maps function as cartographic wall art.
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Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars

Here there be robots: A medieval map of Mars | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
Recently I’ve been really into old maps made by medieval explorers. I thought it would be fun to use their historical design style to illustrate our current adventures into unexplored territory. So here’s my hand-drawn topographic map of Mars, complete with official landmark names and rover landing sites.

To add a little something extra, I included the history of each place name on the map. Martian craters are named after famous scientists (for large craters) or small villages on Earth (small craters). Since the base map is hand-drawn I also added an overlay of actual NASA topographic imagery. This way even if some of my lines are a little off, you can still see what the actual ground looks like underneath.
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A 3D Printed Sundial Displays Time Like a Digital Clock

A 3D Printed Sundial Displays Time Like a Digital Clock | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it

"Using a clever mix of 3D printing and a few well-placed shadows, this sundial designed by Mojoptix projects the actual time as if displayed on a digital clock. The plastic component that casts the shadow—called a gnomon— is printed with extremely tiny holes that create pinpoint dots of light in the form of digits as the sun shines through during the day.  The sundial does have its limitations. The time only shows in 20 minute increments and it only works from 10am to 4pm during the day. Regardless, the results are no less miraculous when you see it in use in the video below (skip to around 13:00 to see it in motion).  The completed device is available for purchase here, or you can download the design files and print your own."

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What in the World? A New Game from the Geography and Map Division

What in the World? A New Game from the Geography and Map Division | Fantastic Maps | Scoop.it
What in the World? A New Game from the Geography and Map Division. A blog post at "Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress" on 2016-02-13.
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