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Digitally revamped atlas of historical geography, from 1932

In 1932, Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright published Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, a reference of almost 700 maps…

Amount of snow to cancel school

Someone ended an email to me last week with "Stay warm." Not to sound like a jerk, but I happened to be answering email outside…

Public transit times in major cities

Last year, WNYC made an interactive map that shows transit times in New York, based on where you clicked. Geography graduate student Andrew Hardin expanded…

A century of passenger air travel

Kiln and the Guardian explored the 100-year history of passenger air travel, and to kick off the interactive is an interactive map that uses live…

Map projections illustrated with a face

Most people, at least those who visit sites like FlowingData, know about map projections. You have to do math to get the globe, a thing…

A visual exploration of refugee migrations

Hyperakt and Ekene Ijeoma visualized migrations over time and space in The Refugee Project. The interactive is based on United Nations data, which is naturally…

Military footprint

Similar to his collection of prison map snapshots, Josh Begley collected images of military bases around the world. In addition to the map -- which…

Earth wind map

Remember the wind map of the United States by Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas? Cameron Beccario made one for Earth, based on data from the…

Uncertain cartographies

Most people know the layout of their neighborhoods and some are good with the roads in their town. Zoom out farther though — to your…

What Antarctica looks like underneath the ice

Based largely on satellite data and the results of an airborne data collection mission compiled by the British Antarctic Survey, Bedmap2 by NASA Goddard is…

Climate change described visually

A video from the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme explains global warming and projected changes in the near future. I wanted them to provide more contrast to…

MiseryMap of current flight delays and cancelations

FlightAware is a live flight tracker that lets you look up a flight to see where a plane is (and also provides a for-fee API).…

Where the public radio is

Andrew Filer mapped the reach of public radio stations in the United Stations, based on data from Wikipedia and the station search from the Federal…

Super ZIP codes

The Washington Post looked at Super ZIP codes, a classification based on household income and education levels. It's a featured story, but it leads off…

Global forest change

Hansen, Potapov, Moore, Hancher et al. produced high-resolution maps of global forestry to estimate change between 2000 and 2012. Quantification of global forest change has…

Running traces

The Endomondo app lets you keep track of your workouts, namely running and cycling, so it records your location, and then estimates your speed, calories…

Estimated coastlines if the ice melted

National Geographic imagined new coastlines (and the cities that would go under) if all the ice melted, raising sea level by 216 feet. There are…

Six decades of U.S. migration

We know that millions of Americans move to different counties every year, and when you look at the net totals, you see a pattern of…

Digital attack map

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack attempts to disable a site or web service by sending a ton of requests from multiple sources. Essentially,…

Most popular girl names by state

Reuben Fischer-Baum looks at the most popular girl names by state, over the past six decades. Baby naming generally follows a consistent cycle: A name…

Regional personality

Peter J. Rentfrow, et al. studied personality clusters across states using data from five surveys, totaling responses from about 1.6 million people. They recently published…

Super duper full-featured paper map

Check out this awesome new thing called MAP. It's made of 100% sustainable material, easy to share, unbreakable, fits in your pocket, and most importantly,…