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2 to 9 January, 2011
Earth As Art
From the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center,
these amazing images -- providing glimpses of the Earth's surface created for aesthetic
purposes rather than for science. View images of all 50 states, the voyage of Lewis and
Clark, and much, much more. Really splendid and beautiful.
9 to 16 January, 2011
Sporcle Geography Games
An amazing collection of games related to geography (look at the
top of the page for other categories from entertainment to sports to language). These
are real challenges -- complete a list of European Capitals in 7 minutes, that sort of
thing. What is it that Comedy Central says: "time well wasted".
16 to 23 January, 2011
The world's first ever "global climate art project". The object
was for people to get together, create a huge public art installation - big enough to be
seen from space - and get photos of it from satellites provided by DigitalGlobe. Click
on the "photos" tab and see the results. Simply wonderful.
23 to 30 January, 2011
The 1860 U.S. Census included a look at the South's slave
population. After that census was published, the U.S. Coast Survey issued maps of
slavery, based on the census data. These maps encapsulate the complexity and vastness
of the institution, and used a method for visualizing the concentration of slavery
across the U.S. South. The darker the shading, the higher the concentration of slaves.
The page linked here is a N.Y. Times blog page, with lots of detail and explanation.
30 January to 6 February, 2011
Topographic Map of the Moon
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to
create the most complete and detailed map to date of the moon's incredible landscape.
Good images and explanations here.
6 to 13 February, 2011
Atlas of Remote Islands
Recently released to exceptional reviews, this book gives you
close-up views of isolated islands, uninhabited or sparsely-populated. The drawings of
each island are accompanied by history, local information, and more. The New Yorker
calls it "charming, spooky, and splendid".
13 to 20 February, 2011
Sherman's March and
America: Mapping Memory
Historian Anne Sarah Rubin is working on a project about the
ways Americans have remembered Sherman's March to the Sea in 1864, and wanted to bring
her work to a broader audience. Rather than build an archive of documents, images, and
essays, she decided to take a more interpretive approach, and this site is the result.
Read the introduction, and then look at the 5 maps: the factual map (the basic events),
the Civilians Map (events involving civilians and the African population), the Soldiers
Map, the Tourism map, and the Fiction map, which locates places (both real and
fictional) that have appeared in novels and films about the march.
20 to 27 February, 2011
A World of
This remarkable map shows geolocated tweets in real-time, around
the world. The map shows you where people are tweeting from during the past hour. The
more tweets there are from a specific region, the "hotter" or redder it becomes. There
are also charts of the day and of history, and a thorough explanation of the source of
the data (the Twitter Streaming API), and how they transform raw data into a moving and
vibrant map. Powerful stuff.
27 February ot 6 March, 2011
Antipodes Map -- See the
other side of the world
In geography, the antipodes of any place on Earth is its
antipodal point; that is, the region on the Earth's surface which is diametrically
opposite to it. Two points which are antipodal to one another are connected by a
straight line through the centre of the Earth. There is a full article in Wikipedia
under 'antipodes'. On the page linked here, if you double-click on or move the original
map to set a marker on a desired location, the second map -- the antipode map -- will
automatically show it's antipodal location.
6 to 13 March, 2011
Scale of the Universe
A "21st-Century tools" version of the work of Kees Boeke and of
Charles and Ray Eames on the relative sizes of things in the Universe. A fun and
interesting exploration that allows you to move in and out between the universal modules
(atoms and their parts) and the outermost reaches of the universe. Worth a visit.
13 to 20 March, 2011
Human Planet Explorer
The BBC has asssembled clips from its programs about people and
the world -- Human Planet, Amazon, Tropic of Cancer, and more -- and made them available
here by global category and by human category as well. Learn about how people adapt to
living high in the mountains, browse clips from Music Planet that include yodeling,
choral singing, and much more. Themes for browsing include evetns, survival,
environments, life events, coming of age, the arctic, and many others.
20 to 27 March, 2011
Live Train Map of the London Underground
Absolutely fascinating. The site explains: "This map shows all
trains (yellow pins) on the London Underground network in approximately real time. Click
the stations for a local map of that station." How does it work? "Live departure data
is fetched from the Transport for London API, and then it does a bit of maths and magic.
It's surprisingly okay, given this was done in only a few hours at Science Hackday on
19/20th June 2010, and the many naming/location issues encountered, some unresolved. A
small number of stations are misplaced or missing; occasional trains behave oddly; some
H&C and Circle stations are missing in the TfL feed.
27 March to 3 April, 2011
Atlas of Rural and
Using data from the US Census Bureau's American Community
Survey, the US Department of Agriculture has developed a powerful and interesting
interactive map of the counties of the U.S., and the challenges and opportunities within
different rural communities. From this page, click "Go to the Atlas", and then in the
upper right, select "help" to see all the options and variables. Or, just start
3 to 10 April, 2011
Interactive Map of Metabolic Risks
A fascinating and potentially useful interactive map, showing
risks, world-wide, for Body Mass Index, Cholesterol, and Blood Pressure. You can mouse
over the world map for individual country data, you can select individual countries from
the list on the left, you can change year or sex (the default is Male), you can watch an
animation of trends over time. And while this particular map only shows BMI, you can
quickly switch to Cholesterol, or to a worldwide map showing Systolic Blood Pressure.
10 to 17 April, 2011
Where My Friends Be
A fun mashup, that uses Google Maps and your own list of
Facebook friends to create an animated map of where all your friends are located;
visualize your network of friends, and share the map on facebook. Probably not that
impressive if you have 4 or 5 friends in your own neighborhood, but if your FB friends
list is longer, and perhaps a little more global, the resulting map can be pretty
17 to 24 April, 2011
U.S. Gas Prices
Canadian Gas Prices
The website called Gas Buddy puts together these maps, showing
gas prices around the country at a glance. Areas are color-coded according to the
average price for regular unleaded (per gallon in the U.S., per litre in Canada).
24 April to 1 May, 2011
BBC Explains Time Zones
This amazing section of the BBC news site does a wonderful job
explaining about the history, and the practice, of time zones. An interactive globe
allows you to scan around the world, see the size of each time zone, and marvel, for
example, at China, a huge country with only ONE time zone, and Russia, a huge country
with NINE time zones. Along the way, little sidebars allow you to read about what time
it is in space, or in Antarctica; to read about the story of GMT; to read about the
International Date Line; and all the strange little quirky places where time changes not
by an hour but by half an hour, or even by 45 minutes. A really useful site for any
1 to 8 May, 2011
The Twelve States of America
Using income inequality county by county as established by the
census bureau, this interactive map allows you to browse each of what the creators call
the "Twelve States" of America -- these include "Monied Burbs", "Minority Central",
"Evangelical Epicenters", "Immigration Nation", "Boom Towns", "Emptying Nests", and
more. You can view each "state" separately, or all twelve together. With each, you can
see how median family incomes have changed from 1980 to 2010 -- in "Monied Burbs", for
example, it has gone from $55,688 to $59,404, while in "Service Worker Centers", the
median income has DROPPED over 30 years, from $55,222 to $41,886. The underlying
message from the creators -- you decide if it's true -- "income inequality has fractured
8 to 15 May, 2011
The Big Map Blog
As the author of this blog explains, "there's always been two
things I wanted from a map blog, and rarely got: A.) enormous maps, and B.) access to
the full-resolution file. That's what this website is about. Enormous maps, file
access, and if I can bang out a couple of paragraphs then all the better." Some great
maps here, and some real fun.
15 to 22 May, 2011
Dark Roasted Blend: Maps
Dark Roasted Blend, a web publication of "Weird and Wonderful
Things" has a couple of collections of "Unusual and Marvelous Maps". The link above is
one of them. Part one can be accessed here
These are mostly thematic maps -- comparing, for example, the sizes of different
continents, or territorial claims in the Arctic, and so on. Fascinating, and yes,
unusual and marvelous.
22 to 29 May, 2011
The United States of Autocorrect
iPhones, iPads, google, and other "smart" tools have the ability
to complete, or to autocorrect whatever you start typing. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes
it's scary, sometimes it's downright rude. For this map, the mapmaker started typing
each state into Google, and fills in the names of the states on the map with whatever
google used to fill in his search term. Thus, for example, the state of Texas is
labeled "Texas Rangers". Fun.
29 May to 5 June, 2011
Different Projections Used To Show A Photograph
A very clever and imaginative collection of photos by Seb Przd,
called "Flattening the Sphere". He's taken a room photo, and reworked it into 27
different map projections. A really interesting way to come to some understanding about
the distortions of different projections. For reference, he includes a link to The Progonos page
on Map Projections.
5 to 12 June, 2011
Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster
From the April 30 New York Times -- a map showing 379 US Metro
areas, assessed for risk of natural disasters -- twisters, hurricanes, earthquakes,
floods, and more. Some surprises, such as the earthquake risk in the small area where
Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi meet.
12 to 19 June, 2011
Using Data To Learn About the
From a British site -- made by teachers for teachers -- a
demonstration of how to use the worldwide Earthquake data from USGS to draw a map of
plates, and earthquake zones, around the world. A very clear and easy demonstration,
using Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, and a web browser. Other videos made by this
organization can be found in various places, but your best bet may be to start with their blog.
19 to 26 June, 2011
From an Australia/New Zealand map list -- a fun site, with maps
of a large number of fantasy locations from all kinds of books. As you read down the
list, you can click the red word "map" on the left of each item to see the map.
26 June to 3 July, 2011
In 1811, John Randel created a proposed street grid for
Manhattan. This page, from the NY Times, allows you to compare his grid to modern-day
Manhattan, and to see other historic information along the way. A fascinating trip
along the social, cultural, demographics, and topography of New York City.
3 to 10 July, 2011
From NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, this view shows an
unclouded and stunningly beautiful view of the entire vista from the summit of Mt.
Everest. You need to scroll to the right to see the entire view, since the image itself
is so expansive. Spend some time at APOD while you're visiting this page. It's worth
10 to 17 July, 2011
An interactive map that allows exploration of Reykjavik's city
centre -- browse categories, click on icons, zoom in or out, pan. Clever and fun art.
17 to 24 July, 2011
Pedestrian Deaths in the US
Transportation for America is a coalition of many
national, state, and city interests, taking the long view of transportation in the US,
and what needs to change as we move through the 21st Century. This interactive map
looks at preventable pedestrian deaths -- in their words: "The decades-long neglect of
pedestrian safety in the design and use of American streets is exacting a heavy toll on
our lives. From 2000 to 2009, 47,700 pedestrians were killed in the United States, the
equivalent of a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing roughly every month. Despite the
magnitude of these avoidable tragedies, little public attention, and even less in public
resources, has been committed to reducing pedestrian deaths and injuries in the United
24 to 31 July, 2011
Migration Around the US
Forbes Magazine tracks all kinds of interesting data; this page
shows migration around the US. Data is from 2008 IRS information. Select a county, and
the map creates a visualization of net inward and outward movement, showing you what
counties people moved from, or to. Fascinating.
31 July to 7 August, 2011
Why Samoa Will Lose a Day in
A CNN report on the decision by Samoa to change their location
relative to the International Date Line -- this action will put them in the same real
day as Australia, and no longer 21 hours behind their number 1 trading partner. The
night of December 29, 2011, Samoans will go to sleep and wake up to the morning of the
31st. This report has both video and full text.
7 to 14 August, 2011
The Earth At Night
From the Daily Mail in the UK, a collection of photos of
various interesting parts of the Earth, taken at night, from the International Space
Station. These are incredibly detailed and wonderfully informative.
14 to 21 August, 2011
US States Renamed
Blogger Frank Jacobs loves to play with maps, and maintains a
blog called Strange Maps. This
page is one of his most visited creations: it is a map of the US, but with each state
renamed based on a country with a similar GDP to that particular state's GDP.
Fascinating to compare neighbors -- for example, New York renamed Brazil and New York's
Eastern neighbor Vermont renamed the Dominican Republic.
21 to 28 August, 2011
The Wikimedia organization makes this map available -- it shows
an animation of the edits done to various wikipedia pages on a random day. The time
begins at midnight Greenwich, but by typing "H" you can see various ways to change the
interface, to move the clock forward (but not back), to show or hide city names, toggle
the background map, and much more. Fun to play with, and to imagine what all those
edits are about. Notice that as the day progresses, the centers of activity also
28 August to 4 September, 2011
The Selden Map of
The Selden Map of China was left to the Bodleian Library at
Oxford by London lawyer John Selden in 1659 (350 years ago). The map is profoundly
significant, showing trade routes of the period and lots of other information for
geographers and scholars. A restoration project has only recently been completed, and
these pages contain a high-res image of the map, and the story of its restoration.
4 to 11 September, 2011
The NAEP Geography Test
Recently, the National Assessment of Educational Progress
released the results of their assessment of geographic knowledge and understanding among
US students. The test was designed for grades 4, 8, and 12. Only 25% of the students
tested scored "proficient" or better. These pages contain sample questions at all three
levels. Test yourself -- or your students -- and talk with students about the test and
11 to 18 September, 2011
The Other Side of the Earth
Have you every wondered which part of the other side of the
earth is directly below you? Find out using this map tunneling tool. Two maps are
shown; line up some point on the left-hand map (point A) with the cross, and the cross
on the right-hand map then shows you the place on the Earth?^?^?s surface you would get
to if you went from point A through the center of the Earth and out the other side.
18 to 25 September, 2011
State Boundaries Revised According to Call Data
Looking at current US political boundaries based on Call Data
"commmunities", we see some really interesting ties between areas that we don't normally
think of as having close ties. This map reconfigures state boundaries to show call data
"communities". Very interesting.
25 September to 2 October, 2011
Education In Rural America
Almost one-third of American schools are rural, and more than
40% of students in those schools are living in poverty. Roll over a state to see how
many of its rural students live below the poverty line. Explore the site for other
2 to 9 October, 2011
Samoa's Plan to move across the
On December 31, Samoa will leap ahead 23 hours, moving into the
same time zone as New Zealand, and thus aligning themselves with this important trading
partner. Instead of being a day behind, they will now be in the same day as their
markets in New Zealand and Australia. This is not the first time countries have
adjusted the dateline, but it may be the most well-covered in the media. Here's a good
article from The Guardian about the move.
9 to 16 October, 2011
Timeanddate.com has a really interesting collection of
information on world time, calendars, weather, sunrise and sunset, and more. This link
will take you to their page on Daylight Savings Time around the world -- who Springs
Forward, and when, is surprisingly complex, based on geography and politics
16 to 23 October, 2011
"Global Health, Local Knowledge". Put in and search for any
disease, and see where the latest outbreaks are reported -- a remarkable Google Maps
Mashup, and very useful for those who travel, for those who are worried about recent
food security issues, and more.
23 to 30 October, 2011
Travelers -- for business or pleasure -- are always looking for
reliable, unbiased travel advice. This is the website of the UK's Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, and it is full of useful information. Click on
Advice By Country and read the latest updates on travel throughout the world. Worth
30 October to 6 November, 2011
How Far Is It?
Enter two places; the processor uses various government data to
find the latitude and longitude of the two places, and to calculate the distance between
them. You do have to wade your way through some advertising, but the information is
accurate and nicely displayed.
6 to 13 November, 2011
Originally called "The Embassy Page", this website now helps
travelers and others determine the visa information they need for travel or work in
other countries, plus full embassy information. Very simple interface, loads of
13 to 20 November, 2011
Choose a format for your location -- by airport, by city name,
or by latitude and longitude, and then enter your location, and click 'compute'. The
server returns Latitude and Longitude, Local time at the moment, time of mid-day, time
of Sunrise and Sunset, and more. Depending on the location, other data may be supplied,
such as flight and FBO data and aerial photos.
20 to 27 November, 2011
Google Map Basics
The Knight Digital Media Center at USC provides all kinds of
helpful and interesting tutorials and workshops on digital media. This one will show
you how to create, retitle, and embed a Google map. Follow other links at the end of
this tutorlal to see many of the best Google Map mashups online, and to view their Web
27 November to 4 December, 2011
A very powerful image generator. You can view either a map of
the Earth showing the day and night regions at the moment, or view the Earth from the
Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified
by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various
cities around the globe. You can also view the Moon from the Earth, the Sun, the night
side, or named points, or even as a map showing day and night.
4 to 11 December, 2011
Bartleby is a vast compilation of reference books, poetry,
fiction, and nonfiction, including the famous 5-foot shelf of "Harvard Classics", plus
the Columbia Encyclopedia, the American Heritage Dictionary, Strunk and White's Elements
of Style, Stearn's Encyclopedia of World History, Roget, Bartlett and other quotation
books, Gray's Anatomy, Robert's Rules of Order, the whole Oxford Book of English Verse,
the King James Bible, and much more.
11 to 18 December, 2011
Breathing Earth is a "real-time" simulation that displays the
CO2 emissions of every country, plus their birth and death rates. Scroll down off the
page to read all about it, including what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.
18 to 25 December, 2011
Princeton Int'l Networks
A Princeton Univ. project, looking at globalization and what it
means through the lens of Network Analysis. (Read the "About" page for details). Very
interesting analyses -- arms, books, drugs, tourism, and much more.
25 to 31 December, 2011
Admittedly an ad for FedEx, but also a quite remarkable source
of information -- maps, graphs, data about how the world really works, divided into 8
topics: Global Trade, Sustainability, Workforce, High-Growth Markets, Free Trade, Tech,
Supply Chain, and Connectivity. Worth a visit for the richness of the content.
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