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Mapping ice layers with radar data

I don't know exactly how much data NASA has in the bank, but I think it's a lot. Explained in the video below, they estimated the age of ice layers…

A century of National Geographic maps

Celebrating the 100th year of the National Geographic cartographic department, they provide a truncated roundup of the thousands of maps they've made over the past century. I liked this tidbit…

3-D model to show free-climb route

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are free-climbing almost 3,000 feet up El Capitan, basically with their fingers. The New York Times shows the ascent with a route placed on top…

Mapped history of how Native American land was taken

In Invasion of America, an animated map shows the loss of land.…

The first photo of the United States by NASA satellite

In 1974, NASA published their first satellite photo of the contiguous United States by stitching together a bunch of individual images. A giant photo map of the contiguous 48 states…

Holiday lights from space

You've likely seen the classic globe image that shows Earth at night. It's a composite image using data collected over a nine-day period, so you kind of see what the…

Make your own detailed tweet maps

Eric Fischer, known around these parts for his detailed dot maps, describes his process along with a code release. I've been tracking geotagged tweets from Twitter’s public API for the…

Map print clothing

Monochome, a new service brought to you by Rachel Binx, lets you make custom clothes printed with maps. It's not just major cities though. No that's for chumps. Using OpenStreetMap…

Elemental cartograms

Along the same lines as the scaled Periodic Table, Elemental Cartograms by chemistry professor Babak Sanii and his students lets you make your own scaled Periodic Table of Elements. Simply…

Tracking global fishing through satellite data

Global Fishing Watch is an initiative to place some accountability on global fishing, an activity typically a challenge to track.…

Senate results maps

The New York Times pushed out super-detailed, precinct-level maps for the Senate election. The maps are also interactive, work well, and don't take forever to load. As my dad would…

New York Times mapmakers

When news breaks, maps often accompany stories (or the maps are the story), and cartographers and graphics people have to work quickly. The New York Times does this really well.…

Cynthia Brewer profile

Wired wrote a short profile for Cynthia Brewer, best known for Color Brewer, a tool that provides visually apt color schemes for maps (and charts). Brewer has been thinking about…

How basketball rebounds work

Kirk Goldsberry, with help from Andy Woodruff, looked at how rebounds work in the NBA from a statistical perspective. When a player shoots the ball and misses, there's a tendency…

Equal population mapper

We know that there are more people per square mile in some places than others, but it can be a challenge to understand the magnitude of the differences. The same…

Road grid orientation in major cities

This is what you get when you group streets by their geographic orientation and color them accordingly with a neon paintbrush. From the ever curious Stephen Von Worley: That's every…

10,000 League of Legends matches, all at once

League of Legends is an online, free-to-play game that pits two teams of five against each other. The goal is to destroy the other team's structures. The New York Times…

Real cities drawn as fantasy maps

Remember that time you were sitting by the fire reading The Lord of the Rings and thought to yourself, "Gee golly. I sure wish I could have a map of…

Open source mapping lab

Mapzen focuses on building open source mapping components for developers.…

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…