Cartography

Nanotech Map of the Americas

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OK, there are some really cool maps out there, but I don’t know how many could beat this: a nanoscale ‘map’ of the Americas, done by Paul Rothemund from the California Institute of Technology. He has invented a process he calls ‘DNA origami’ which uses strands of DNA to create 2-dimensional patterns, which he expalins […]

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Maps and Graphics at UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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Hugo at UNEP/GRID-Arendal was kind enough to share a press release on a project he is working with us. The focus of their center is to provide generally understandable representations of scientific information. Their new maps and graphics site is a clearinghouse of many of these representations that takes advantage of web mapping with some […]

Cartography

Maps for illegal immigration

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A Mexican government funded commission is moving to distribute 70,000 maps to aid people trying to cross into the US. They will feature water cache locations, show transportation routes, and locations of rescue beacons. Although I’m not an expert, this is one of the first instances I’ve heard of a government using mapping to help […]

Cartography

Usted habla espanol?

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If so you may be interested in the spanish speaking blog La Cartoteca. From the entries that I have ‘read’ (my spanish teacher would be sad) so far La Cartoteca seems to focus on cartography with some general geography and miscellaneous content for good measure. Alejandro Polanco Masa, the blog author also has another interesting […]

Cartography

World Population Cartogram

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A cartogram is a map that distorts geographic boundaries based on different values of a variable. So, if smaller areas have higher values, they will be deliberately distorted to look bigger. Here is an example of the world map distorted based on population. It was done by ODT, Inc. which produces alternate views of map, […]