Modern Cartographer

By Jeff Wilder | A longtime armchair traveler's take on maps, map making, and other related news and information.

Browse Historic Points of Interest Across the Country With This Interactive Map

A professor at the University of Waterloo created an interactive map with 49,603 historic points of interest. It’s meant to be a research project, …

Maps

These Are the Most Valuable Roadless Areas Left on Earth

A new map reveals the extent to which roads have fragmented wild lands.<p>Wild lands void of roads are among the last relatively undisturbed parts of the planet. Although as much as 80 percent of Earth’s land surface is still roadless, that territory has been fragmented into nearly 600,000 pieces, …

Ecology

Cool cartography: the art of mapmaking

Mind the Map, a new collection of artwork published by Gestalten, shows the skill, humour and care involved in map design, including one depicting New York’s smells, and a meticulously hand-painted ski map

Maps

Which States Have the Highest Percentage of Single Adults? New Map Has the Answer

A new map created by CityLab purports to reveal the states with the highest percentage of single people.<p>Image source: CityLab<p>According to the data used to make the map, Louisiana and Rhode Island have the highest percentage of single adults, with 55.7 percent.<p>New York followed at 55.4 percent and …

Maps

Plane Finder Tracks Your Flight in Real Time

Web/iOS/Android: Plane Finder delivers next-level flight tracking in real time, showing you exactly where the plane you're tarcking is and when it …

Cool Stuff

Outline of the Post-War New World Map

Outline of the Post-War New World Map<p>The Outline of the Post-War New World Map was a map completed before the attack on Pearl Harbor and self-published on February 25, 1942 by Maurice Gomberg of Philadelphia. It shows a proposed political division of the world after World War II in the event of an Allied victory in which the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Soviet Union would rule. The map includes a manifesto describing a “New World Moral Order”, along with quotes from …

These Maps Visualize London's 2.4 Billion Bus Journeys In A Whole New Way

In 2013, Londoners took 2.4 billion bus journeys. They were prescribed 116 million items by doctors, and found themselves joined by more than 1,750,000 American tourists.<p>Meanwhile, in one small, financial corner of the capital, the population, in every 24-hour period of the year, spiked from 222 …

How to find your polling place, thanks to a new Google Maps tool

Just in time for tomorrow’s election, Internet titans such as Facebook, Reddit, Bing, Meetup, and others have teamed up with The Pew Charitable Trusts Voting Information Project to upgrade Google’s helpful polling-location tool. The new Gettothepolls.com helps voters find the nearest voting station …

Google

This map shows the No. 1 NFL jersey among women in every state

Dick's Sporting Goods has a new map of jersey sales and it shows which players are resonating among female NFL fans.<p>The chain compiled all jerseys purchased by women online and in-store from May 2014 until October 2014, and each state is represented by the top-selling jersey. There's are a few …

The Geography of NFL Fandom

The Patriots really do rule New England, and the Cowboys might just be America's team. But after that, things get complicated.<p>On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Green Bay Packers in the first regular NFL game of the season.<p>One way of looking at that: The 46 players wearing Seattle …

Google Maps Just Released The Greatest Chrome Extension Ever (Probably), Increases Your Productivity Approximately Zero Percent | International Business Times

Want to see beautiful satellite pictures of the Earth every time you open up a new tab in Chrome? Of course you do, and Google knows it. So they …

This Map Is Essential to Understanding Why One Region Dominates College Football

Is there something in Mississippi’s water?<p>In an interactive map posted online Friday, Leon Lovett — “That Data Dude” — breaks down the Associated Press Top 25 college football teams by their players’ hometowns.<p>The map, drawing data from ESPN, reveals that many southern schools including Mississippi …

College & University

In maps: Kurds hold out against Islamic State in Kobani

Kurdish militia are fighting to hold off Islamic State jihadists in the battleground Syrian border town of Kobani.<p>Kobani has become a highly visible …

Ebola maps created in UVM computer lab

After spending his summer in Ghana, Noah Ahles still feels a connection to the country even as it becomes surrounded by other countries in West …

How Ebola spread: This Twitter visualisation maps mentions of the outbreak

A new map visualising Ebola shows how the first confirmed case in the US sparked a huge surge in Twitter chatter around the world, as fears over the …

Disease

You Can’t Understand How Beleaguered Kobani Is Until You See These Maps

Turkey is warning that the city of Kobani, which sits on the Syria-Turkey border, could at any moment fall to fighters affiliated with the Islamic …

These Maps of U.S. Cities Done in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien Are a Nerd's Delight

<b>The news:</b> The release of <i>The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies</i> might mark the end of director Peter Jackson's foray into Middle-earth, but the …

Google Maps uses camel for desert Street View

Google has invented the street cam-el.<p>Attaching its Trekker camera to a camel, Google has documented the Liwa Desert neighborhood in the United Arab …

Total Lunar Eclipse On Wednesday Will Be a Rare 'Selenelion'

<b>Editor's Update for Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. ET</b>: The total lunar eclipse is over, but you can see some amazing images of the celestial site here: 'Blood …

NOAA October Drought Map Puts Texoma in Persist or Intensify Category

- Meteorologists have been talking about the possibility of a wetter than normal fall with a possibility of El Nino. But recently released drought …

Two world maps of Minnesota exports -- 1996 and 2013

In 2014, almost three-quarters of Minnesota's exports went to 10 countries.<p>I wrote about exports to Africa growing last week, but as you can see, …

These maps show the Internet is getting faster in (almost) every state

Pity Nevada and Rhode Island, the only states to see Internet speeds slow down between the first and second quarters of the year, according to a new report.<p>The vast majority of states saw Internet speeds accelerate in the second quarter from the quarter before: seven even saw double-digit increases …

Maps

Azavea's Summer of Maps fellows built these 6 maps

A map of Philadelphia’s commercial-building energy usage and a map of the best places to build or revitalize a park were two of the six projects</b> …

Map Monday: Will Global Warming Drown Your Hometown?

You may recently have read about climate change and North Carolina for all the wrong reasons, entailing laws designed to forbid the mentioning of the …

THE EUROPEAN CHESSBOARD: Here's A Map Of The Russia-NATO Confrontation

The war in eastern Ukraine is in a state of cease-fire, but if the past seven months are any indication, this halt in hostilities won't spell the end of the most severe geopolitical crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.<p>In the economic and diplomatic realm, Russia is …

A Map Of Amazon's Empire Of Warehouses And Shipping Centres

Over the past decade Amazon has developed an incredible infrastructure of warehouses and fulfilment centres dedicated to delivering toilet paper and …

Online “Population Decrease Map” of Japan paints a bleak, womanless future for the country

There has been a lot of discussion over the shifting demographics in Japan with the average age steadily rising and birthrate slipping year by year. …

Hidden world of canyons and mountains beneath the ice caps revealed: New atlas contains the most detailed polar maps EVER of the landscapes that could be exposed by global warming

• <b>The most detailed maps ever made of the land beneath the polar ice caps in the Arctic and Antarctic have been revealed</b>• <b><br>They show vast mountains,</b> …

2 maps that show China's growing economic dominance in Africa

China has in the past 10 years become the dominant trading partner for Africa, displacing mostly western economies as the top importer in many …