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By Mark Reed | mapping news from around the web

World’s first atlas sheds light on cartography

ISTANBUL – Anadolu Agency<p>The facsimile of Klaudios Ptolemaios’ “Manual of Geography,” which was translated with the order of Sultan Mehmet the …

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Schools of robots are mapping the unknown features of the deep sea

by Claudia Geib December 30, 2017 Robots & Machines 3622<p>Unknown Planet<p>If Planet Earth were the back of our hand, we’d disprove the truism about …

Black Mirror

A Group of Scientists Could Have the Entire Ocean Floor Mapped by 2030

When you live near the coast, you become pretty familiar with the sea: the way the tides ebb and flow; the exact sound the waves make as they break …

A Map of Radical Bewilderment

<i>The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands.</i><br>— Henry David …

Henry David Thoreau

How Climate Change Affects Cartography

Mapmakers talk about how they approach shifting coastlines and melting ice.<p>The maps in National Geographic’s 10th edition of its <i>Atlas of the World</i>, …

Meet the cartographer mapping the size of your favorite video game

How Big Is The Map? answers a very basic question: How big is the map?<p>As video game technology has progressed, the games have gotten much, much …

Star Trek Map Of The Alpha & Beta Quadrants

<i>Found via reddit</i><p>The map above is Shakaar’s Alpha/Beta map v3.3; a fan-made creation showing the Alpha and Beta quadrants of the Star Trek …

Star Trek

How Are Geospatial Smartness and Digital Technologies Connected?

<i>Welcome to part three in</i> <i>our series</i> <i>on what it means to be “geospatially smart.” In our field, being “geospatially smart” sounds like it would be a</i> …

Distance Decay: How Far Are You Willing to Travel?

dirks LEGO world map

Discover the world – brick by brick!<p>(Ihr könnt diesen Artikel auch auf deutsch lesen.)<p>You can also read this article on mocpages!<p>after building my …

Beyond the GPS, Mapping Every Place, Everywhere

As a young reporter, I lived in Managua, Nicaragua. The city had been leveled by an earthquake in 1972 and never rebuilt. It was still a bit of a moonscape. It’s different now, but back then few streets had names and the houses had no addresses — not as we know them, anyway. If you needed to tell …

Radar survey offers new insights into Martian climate change

Scientists have used thousands of 2D radar scans to create 3D subsurface profiles of the Mars' poles.

The Fake Mountain Range That Appeared on Maps for a Century

The Mountains of Kong form a magnificent, impassable mountain range in West Africa. It's not real. But that didn't stop 19th-century writers from …

Travels With Elephants, Wolves, Ants, Terns, and Tireless Turtles

In a new book, a geographer and a designer use technology to track remarkable journeys. Their maps may change the way you think about animals.<p>Ten …

Is aerial imagery company in South Jordan the new Google Earth?

Courtesy of Nearmap<p>Is aerial imagery company in South Jordan the new Google Earth?<p>By | Posted Sep 25th, 2017 @ 3:15pm<p>SOUTH JORDAN — If you’ve ever …

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“So you’ve decided to collect maps”: A beginners guide to cartophilia

In 2016, the urbanism blog City Observatory had a modest proposal for how American cities could sort out their transport systems: “Londonize”.<p>Its …

Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces map that omitted Qatar

Louvre Abu Dhabi has replaced a map of the southern Arabian Gulf that omitted the Qatari peninsula.<p>The museum on Monday said the original inaccuracy …

Just How Bad Is Partisan Gerrymandering? Ask the Mapmakers

WASHINGTON — In a big partisan gerrymandering case that will come before the Supreme Court in March, lawyers and judges have already devoted thousands of words to the question of why some of Maryland’s eight congressional districts are so, ah, creatively drawn.<p>But the best answer by far comes from …

From Paper to Digital and Back Again: A Map’s Journey

Hopefully by now everyone is convinced of the importance of paper maps as an essential component of your GIS toolbox. Our generation of GIS …

The Lost Art of Natural Navigation

Nowadays, all kinds of devices exist to help us find our way through the world. But before all that stuff, before even cartography, humankind …

Snapchat's Foray Into the Future of Maps

The app’s newest feature combines two major trends in modern cartography: mapping life in real time, and mapping subjective, emotional information.<p>There’s a lot going on in the world that you won’t find in the day’s headlines. The Mall of Qatar is hosting a pirate-themed stage show in its central …

Maps Show How Water Can Be a Precious Lifeline—or a Deadly Weapon

All Over the Map<p>A new atlas by "guerrilla cartographers" explores the importance of water in everything from ancient mythology to modern warfare.<p>In the recent conflicts in Iraq and Syria, water has often been used as a weapon. When ISIS seized the Fallujah Barrage, a dam on the Euphrates River, in …

The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong – in pictures

The history of cartography is littered with mistakes, myths and mendacity. From the magnetic mountain at the north pole to Australia’s inland sea, Edward Brooke-Hitching charts five centuries of misrepresentative maps

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Who needs GPS and Google? Minneapolis map publisher is 'master of cartography'

A Minneapolis mapmaker stays in business mapping everything from dog parks to UFO sightings.<p>Sure, your phone is a great navigation tool.<p>But can it …

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, …

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.<p>English retiree John Davies has been smitten with maps his whole life. “I was drawing maps of my house as a toddler,” he said. Though his career in …

Experts Restore Largest Known Early World Map, Complete With Unicorns, Lizard People, And Mermen

Experts have restored one of the largest known early maps of the world, and it's glorious, mythical creatures and all.<p>The hand-drawn map was created …

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When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.<p>Coincidentally, I had been testing location-sharing tools from Apple, Google, Facebook and Snapchat. So …

How Accurate is My Map?

Firstly - let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible capability of modern GPS. From 20,000km to 36,000km away, radio signals that are affected …