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Flooding risk cartogram

As you may or may not know, climate change could bring with it other effects besides our average days getting warmer. Flooding is one of these other things. Based on…

Hand-drawn, detailed city maps

Maps can be about a lot of things, from strictly geography and location down to the individuals who reside in an area. Illustrator Jenni Sparks embeds herself in a city,…

Old maps overlaid on Google Maps

The British Library georeferencing project places old maps, as far back as the 16th century, on top of Google Maps for browsing and as a mode of comparison. The British…

Cosmic map shows Milky Way at the edge of a supercluster

Nature highlights the research of R. Brent Tully et al, which defines a supercluster called Laniakea. A supercluster is like a network of galaxies, and according to this work, the…

Segregated schools, still

The map above by MetroTrends shows the percent of white kids who attended majority-white schools during the 2011-12 school year. Schools are still segregated in many areas of the country.…

Louisiana is drowning

Louisiana is quickly losing much of its coast to the Gulf of Mexico. ProPublica and The Lens just launched an interactive project that shows you by how much and tells…

Introvert’s heart mapped

Cartoonist Gemma Correll mapped the introvert's heart, from recluse corner to the town of online ordering. Seems about right. It's also available in print, so that you can decorate your…

Mapping plastic in the ocean

In research efforts to understand marine debris, Andres Cozar CabaƱas et al recently published findings on plastic debris in the open ocean. National Geographic and geographer Jamie Hawk mapped the…

Everywhere Jonny Cash went, man

Johnny Cash says he went to a lot of places in his song, "I've Been Everywhere." Iain Mullan had some fun with the location list for Music Hack Day London…

Talking Ferguson on Twitter and localness

For trending topics, Twitter likes to show an animated map of how a lot of people talked about something at once. They pushed one out for Ferguson tweets. Naturally, the…

Map of military surplus distribution

With the situation in Ferguson, the New York Times mapped the distribution of military surplus through Defense Department program. Equipment, especially assault rifles, have gone to most parts of the…

Interactive documentary takes you through space and orbits

Impressive work in A Spacecraft for All: This Chrome Experiment follows the unlikely odyssey of the ISEE-3, a spacecraft launched in 1978 to study the Sun, but better known for…

Where the poor live, a decade comparison

To better understand race and poverty, MetroTrends maps where people live whose income is below the poverty line. The history, geography, and politics of individual metro regions all matter profoundly,…

Mapping the spread of drought, nationally

Although California has perhaps had it the worst, drought also affects other states, mainly the southwestern ones. Mike Bostock and Kevin Quealy for the New York Times have been updating…

Cultural history via where notable people died

A group of researchers used where "notable individuals" were born and place of death, based on data from Freebase, as a lens into culture history. The video explainer below shows…

Explorations of People Movements

A new data source gave rise to a different set of visualization projects. We see people.

Misery index based on perceived temperature

Late last year, Cameron Beccario made a wind map for earth, inspired by an earlier work by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg. Beccario has been slowly adding overlays to the…

Flights around Ukraine

The New York Times is covering Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 with a series of maps. The ones above show a sample of recent flights in the area. Some airlines, such…

Geologic map of Mars

The USGS released a more detailed geologic map of Mars, not just renderings based on rough models.…

Test your geographic knowledge in Google map game

Smarty Pins is a simple, fun map game by Google. You get a trivia clue about some location, and the goal is to drop the pin as close as you…

Real-time lightning map

Blitzortung is a community of volunteers who install inexpensive lightning sensors and transmit their data to a central server. In return, those who run the sensors have access to the…

Detailed UK census data browser

DataShine Census provides a detailed view into United Kingdom 2011 census data. Population, housing, income, commute, and other variables are available. The DataShine mapping platform is an output from an…