The New York Times has another article on the impacts of global warming, this one discusses how the melting of glacial ice is exposing new land area and changing our knowledge of the coastline geography of Greenland. This is illustrated by the example of a recently-identified island, which was thought to be part of a peninsula of land under the ice until the ice melted and a channel of seawater was exposed between the island and the mainland. As the melting continues, there will surely be more efforts to map these new topographic features, even though their exposure through ice melt is continuing evidence that the climate is rapidly changing. This may also impact other disciplines like archaeology, since sites that were once occupied in past times when the earth was warmer may now be exposed again by melting ice.
What do you do if you have to send something to someone and can’t remember their address? Well if you live in the UK, apparently all you need to do is give the postman a map! This nice gentleman couldn’t remember his recipient’s address, but he could draw it on a map. Nine days later, his friend received the postcard meant for him.
Geography teachers should print this out and hand it to any student who asks, “What do we need this stuff for anyway?” Simple – so you can send a letter if you have to
It’s harder than you think. To test your skill, check out this flash game. It’s pretty tough, especially if you have to start with an interior state. The states come up in random order. I discovered that I honestly had no idea where Missouri or Arkansas were actually located on the map. I was WAY off on those two.
I got an 86% my first time out. Anyone else do better?
Zoom Into Maps is a nice educational tool for an introduction to historic maps and the Library of Congress’ digital map collections. There are digital images of maps on various themes, including exploration, migration, local places, and, since it’s getting close to election time, I especially enjoyed looking at the original broad-side from 1812 popularizing the term “Gerry-mander” and depicting the districts around Salem and Danvers, Massachusetts as a salamander.
If you are interested in historical maps and cartography, and want to see the amazing maps in the Library of Congress’ collection, then definitely check out Zoom Into Maps.
Back at the end of August, the US Bureau of Land Management’s General Land Office website made some of its survey plat collection available online as searchable images that can also be downloaded. I finally had a few minutes to check it out, and this is a really useful resource if you are involved in research related to land titles, although not all the US states are represented in the current online collection. In addition to the survey plats, the site has copies of federal land patents, including images of the original documents, and users can also download certified copies of these documents for a fee. Most of the data are related to the 30 US states that are known as Public Land States, but there are some documents related to other states as well, and it looks like they hope to add more. If you are interested in historical land documents, definitely check out this collection.
Have you ever sat watching “The Simpsons” and think, “Hey, I wonder how far Homer has to travel to get to the power plant? Or Moe’s even?” Well now you can find out! Here’s a pretty detailed map of Springfield! It has all the places mentioned in the show. My personal favorite is the Springfield Cemetary – come for the funerals, stay for the pie – but Styx and Stones Records is a close second. Springfield is a pretty large place, all in all.
Note the map isn’t georectified or anything, so be careful when importing it into Arc!
MSNBC has an interactive map with some stats on US population, including information about individual state population figures, population change, and population density. Along the bottom of the map window, you can also click on links to additional media, and see historical maps of the US boundaries and population figures, where they are available. It’s a pretty nice quick resource for US population geography.
With the Iraq war very current for the US, especially in the media, it sometimes helps to take a bit of an historical view of the region. Simply put, the Middle East has been in claimed by lots of different empires in the last 5,000 years. Luckily for those with a tenuous grasp of the history of the region, the good folks at Maps of War have put together this handy flash map! It shows all the empires that have claimed the region in the last 5,000 years. It’s a rather impressive display that I think puts some of today’s tensions in historical context. In the US (and elsewhere for that matter), we like to think of the “Middle East” as one big homogenous region. The map shows that the region has been subjugated to lots of different, and often contentious, cultural and political forces.
TeleAtlas has a new service in limited release – MapInsight – where users can report errors in TeleAtlas’ addressing data layers. After a year of all those stories about drivers going the wrong way down one way streets; driving into streams with no bridges, etc., here is a chance for users to help improve the accuracy of at least one geographic database out there.
Also, be sure to check out the Directions Media podcast on Map Insight.
(My laptop’s letter “i” is only barely working, so I apologize for any missing letters I didn’t catch)
“MapMarketplace creates an opportunity for small independent cartographers to connect with a broad consumer base,” says Jeff Chappell, Maps.com Online Director. All you have to do is register through the Maps.com website, submit your map products for review and, once your maps are approved, they will be available for sale via the MapMarketplace. Maps.com handles all the transactions and directly prints, laminates, and ships the map products to customers. If your maps actually sell, you get a monthly earnings check directly from Maps.com. So, if you’ve made some nice maps and you think, hey, that would look great on someone’s wall, maybe you can make a few bucks selling your maps online. I know I am going to look into it as soon as we get our latest round of projects done.