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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 more than five million cubic…

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 people migrate from the midwest…

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, the server buckles under the…

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 springs up in some region…

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 their results in the Journal…

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, shares none of your information.…

Maritime traffic in the Baltic Sea, animated

Digital artist Lauri Vanhala animated a day of maritime traffic in the Baltic Sea. Here's a marine traffic and accident visualization that I created for the Baltic Marine Environment Protection…

Map of median home listing prices

In their continued efforts to help potential home buyers find out all they can about the neighborhoods they want to live in, Trulia added median listing prices to their set…

Real-time media consumption

Last year, URL shortening service bitly and Forbes made a map that showed popular news sources by state. However, the map was based on a static month of data, so…

Most visited site by country

Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata for Information Geographies mapped the most visited site based on Alexa data. Countries are sized by Internet population. There aren't many surprises with Facebook…

Greco-Roman mapmaking

Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity opens at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of NYU, this Friday. The exhibit serves as an appreciation of…

Cities pulse via Foursquare check-ins

Foursquare check-ins can be self-encapsulated and personal to the individual, where each dot represents a specific place in time. Each point represents a stop at a restaurant, store, or place…

Great Britain recreated in Minecraft

The Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency for Great Britain, mapped 220,000 square kilometers of the mainland with 22 billion blocks in Minecraft. Each blocks represents a ground area of…

Searching for other Earths

In a step-by-step narrative, produced by Adam Becker, MacGregor Campbell and Peter Aldhous for New Scientist, is an exploration of possible Earths light years away. Possible planets are marked based…

OpenStreetMap, the work of individuals visualized

In the continued series of meta-data-driven maps, OpenStreetMap shows the work of individuals across the online community. OpenStreetMap is created every day by thousands of users logging in and improving…

Sasquatch sightings

Josh Stevens, a PhD candidate at Penn State, mapped 92 years of sasquatch sightings, based on data from the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. Before you furiously type that the map…

Game map from Grand Theft Auto 5

With just five days left until Grand Theft Auto 5 is out, a map of the game's landscape was leaked, whatever that means these days. It's almost as detailed as…

Where NFL quarterbacks throw

Kirk Goldsberry, known for his basketball analysis and shot charts, has applied his talents to football passes relative to the line of scrimmage. (Football, a.k.a the sport that I might…

Age of city buildings

When we think about the age of cities, it's common to think of when it was founded or established. However, the growth of a city is often more organic, as…

Playgrounds for everyone

NPR digs into accessible playgrounds, because everyone should get to play. Remember running around the playground when you were a kid? Maybe hanging from the monkey bars or seeing who…

Where non-English language is spoken in the US

Dan Keating and Darla Cameron for the Washington Post mapped commonly used languages in the US household. More than a quarter of counties in the United States have at least…

Map shows illegal activity in San Francisco Chinatown, from 1885

From the David Rumsey map collection, the detailed map of San Francisco Chinatown shows areas of known illicit activity. In 1885, at the height of the anti-Chinese hysteria in California,…