Have a swell chuckle 1940s-style at Jolly Lindgren's "hysterical" tourist maps of the Grand Canyon
, Grand Coulee Dam
, Lake Tahoe
, Yellowstone Park
, Palm Springs
, and Death Valley
. And it's lookin' mighty low..
Top Five Architecture Maps:
- Iconic Houses is an international network connecting architecturally significant houses from the 20th century that are open to the public as house museums. The Iconic Houses website includes a useful Google Map showing the location of architecturally significant houses around the world.
- Archilovers is a social network for architects, designers and lovers of architecture. Users of the network can post projects, exchange opinions and interests, and get to know designers and architects around the world.
- The World Architecture Map (WAM) is a database of architectural information that uses Google Maps to show the locations of architectural interesting buildings around the world. It is possible to search for buildings on WAM by location, building type, architectural style or by tags.
- Arti-Fact is great collection of architecturally important buildings and sculptures that can be found on Google Maps Street View.
- MIMOA is a Google Maps based guide to modern architecture around the world. It is possible to browse the collection of modern architectural gems by location and by type of project.
[via Google Maps Mania
In 1909, American architect
and cartographer Bernerd J.S. Cahill
published An Account Of A New Land Map Of The World
(and at The Internet Archive
), in which he described a novel way of projecting a map. [more inside]
The Cartographer Who Mapped Out Gotham City
from Smithsonian Magazine. A look at a real-life map of a fictional city. Illustrator Eliot Brown
"didn’t just design the city; he designed an implicit history that writers are still exploring."
The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free
, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page
and downloaded through their Map Warper
. (Via) [more inside]
How the north ended up on top of the map
is an article by Nick Danforth, author/curator of (The/Mid) Afternoon Map blog
, detailing how the north-up orientation came to be the default orientation, looking beyond Eurocentrism to Byzantine monks and Majorcan Jews who set the path for modern cartography. If you want more information, you might enjoy the Wikipedia article on the history of cartography
, or you can really dig deep with the three-volume text, The History of Cartography
, which is available in full from the University of Chicago Press online, split into individual PDFs for each chapter. [more inside]
Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas's nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data—remarkable maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century
"I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges, and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide.
I want to change hemispheres and sleep with unfamiliar stars and let the journey unfold before me." Maptia
is on a mission to gather first-person stories from travelers, "to create the most inspirational map in the world." [more inside]
The Cleveland Memory Project
is an archive of photos, postcards
, videos, recordings, clippings
, personal papers, maps
and other historical "goodies
" about the city. "It's
a collaborative endeavor of many local historical societies, public libraries and government agencies who have mounted their own local history." On Flickr
. [more inside]
Need quick visual shorthand for an aggressively encroaching political entity? You want an Cartographic Land Octopus
! It's a subcategory of satirical maps
. More octopus maps here
Google Maps App
by Google for Apple's iOS is now available. It features turn-by-turn voice navigation and streetview. It's a welcome end to "Map-gate"
. [more inside]
Ron Blakey makes paleogeographic maps of the ancient world.
The paleogeographic maps show the varied landscapes of the ancient Earth through hundreds of millions of years of geologic time, including distribution of ancient shallow seas, deep ocean basins, mountain ranges, coastal plains, and continental interiors. Tectonic features shown include subduction zones, island arcs, mid-ocean ridges and accreting terranes.
Atlas for the Blind, 1837:
"From the spectacular David Rumsey Map Collection
, the 1837 “Atlas of the United States Printed for the Use of the Blind
“, embossed heavy paper featuring lines, letters and geographical symbols, destined to help blind children to visualise geography. Here’s the whole book
with zoomable pages." [Via: Socks-Studio]
"Flawed satnav instructions are the scapegoat for ridiculous round-trips, buses wedged under bridges, and ambulances taking life-threatening diversions. But few understand or appreciate how far mapping companies go to ensure the accuracy of the data they’re providing
Spanning one-ninth of the earth's circumference across three continents, the Roman Empire ruled a quarter of humanity through complex networks of political power, military domination and economic exchange. These extensive connections were sustained by premodern transportation and communication technologies that relied on energy generated by human and animal bodies, winds, and currents. Conventional maps that represent this world as it appears from space signally fail to capture the severe environmental constraints that governed the flows of people, goods and information. Cost, rather than distance, is the principal determinant of connectivity. For the first time, ORBIS allows us to express Roman communication costs in terms of both time and expense. By simulating movement along the principal routes of the Roman road network, the main navigable rivers, and hundreds of sea routes in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and coastal Atlantic, this interactive model reconstructs the duration and financial cost of travel in antiquity.
"The U.S. Geological Survey
has just released
more than 161,000 digitally scanned historical maps spanning in excess of 130 years and covering the lower 48 states. This Historical Topographic Map Collection
provides a comprehensive repository of the landscape of our Nation..."
Running nearly 2000 kilometres through Western Australia, the Canning Stock Route
is the longest
stock route in the world. And since 2006, Indigenous Australians from WA's Mid-West, Pilbara, and Kimberley region have been sharing their stories about this region through the Canning Stock Route Project
. [more inside]
Ultramapping - outstanding and cool maps
of all types, collected at Sha Hwang's Pinterest pinboard.
’s Extend New York
takes New York City to extremes, by extrapolating every street and avenue of the Manhattan grid to whole planet. What subway line stops at your front door, wherever you are? Why do all Avenues terminate in Shaytankuduk
a short film about the fictional world of Jerry Gretzinger, which he has been building for decades through a process of procedural cartography. His website
slices and reflects images from Google Maps, creating kaleidoscopic cartography. [more inside]
MAP OF THE SQUARE AND STATIONARY EARTH. Send 25 Cents to the Author, Prof. Orlando Ferguson,
for a book explaining this Square and Stationary Earth. It Knocks the Globe Theory Clean Out. It will Teach You How to Foretell Eclipses. It is Worth Its Weight in Gold.
Comic Book Cartography
is more than maps
of make-believe lands
. It also covers cutaways ga
, robot schematics
, and diagrams
of Batman's utility belt
. In the same vein, there was The Marvel Atlas Project (M.A.P.), and though it is now offline, some pictures
have survived. There is also the two
Marvel Atlas, a subset of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
. The Atlast of the DC Universe
is limited to Earth, (sourced from the DC Heros RPG book
and Secret Files & Origins Guide to the DC Universe 2000
), and Mapping Gotham
is a single blog post which collects some maps from Batman's world, as found from a variety of sources. The Map Room
collected a few more, some which require
into the archives
The New York City Open Accessible Space Information System Cooperative
(OASIS) is an online, interactive mapping and data analysis application that gives an incredibly detailed view of New York City's open spaces and how they are used. The map enables overlays of information like: transit; parks, playgrounds and open space; zoning and landmarks; current and historical land use; social services; demographics; and environmental characteristics.(via The Ministry of Type, who like OASIS mainly for its pretty map possibilities.) [more inside]
"Less than 10% of the world's land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city."
In August, archeologists discovered what may be the oldest map in the world
. Years ago, MetaFilter introduced us
to the concept of the "upside-down map
". But a new map released Friday attempts to illustrate how our improved transportation network has managed to consolidate distances on earth.
was the emblem of kingship worn by Wahunsenacawh, also known as Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas. A deerskin cloak ornamented with shell beadwork, it may at first appear to be only clothing but in fact it is also a map of the Powhatan Confederacy, which ruled most of eastern Virginia when the English first settled there. The mantle was acquired by one of the John Tradescants
was the foundation of Oxford University's Ashmolean Collection and the mantle resides there still today
. The first linked article
is a fascination article about the mantle as well as a gallery of images of and related to Powhatan's Mantle.
Maps: Finding our place in the world
is an exhibit at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, and it runs until this Sunday June 8. That page contains images of a few of the maps. One of the many great things included is an animated map of the US Civil War in 4 minutes
(one week per second, timeline noted at bottom, casualty counter rolling in bottom right corner - info about this animation
) The exhibition book
was previously linked
here; that site includes higher-resolution versions of some more of the maps. I was floored by all the stuff they have; in terms of the rarity of the stuff in it, and the geek-delight factor, I think it's probably the best gallery show I've ever seen. [more inside]
Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica
UK and US researchers peice together the most detailed map of Antarctica yet
, searching through years of data to find cloud free images.
Maps new and old. Music maps
- Find out who is listening to what and where l Cool Google Maps
- Who knew maps could be fun?
l Subway maps
on five continents l Free
printable world map and blank maps l Free Clustr Maps - Locate all site visitors
. l Index of some users of WorldKit
- Easy web mapping (including the excellent and previously mentioned
, RSOE HAVARIA Emergency and Disaster Information
Service) l Number of Inhabitants Per Doctor
around the world l And some beautiful antique, old and vintage
maps, such as this one
of the names of the Mediterranean winds in five languages. [more inside]
Canada at scale:
Exploration, colonization and development. And a pop-up menu. Go, eh!
merges real estate data showing the year properties were built with animated maps (US Only). Search for your town by name; here's mine
Live, From Outer Space:
rural fires [1
], The Haze in China [1
] and its movement
, and the brothers carbon monoxide
[a photochemical smog agent] and carbon dioxide