What does a day's worth of activity
look like for Boston's transportation system? Via bostonography
, which has been featured previously
The Super Huge, Detailed Map of the Warhammer Old World
is exactly what it claims to be. 29952 by 22528 pixels in size, it covers all of the Old World area of the Warhammer Fantasy setting. The map was made by Gitzman
, who has made lots of other maps of the Warhammer Fantasy world
, hosts a WFRPG podcast
and has a bunch of other resources to help game masters and players in that setting. He had help from Andreas Blicher
, whose site has even more maps of the Old World, and Alfred Nunez jr.
, who has even more maps, articles and resources for people interested in the Warhammer Fantasy universe.
The Guardian recently reported
that, according to the 2011 edition of the Times Atlas, a new island called Uunartoq Qeqertaq has emerged off the coast of Greenland due to a 15% loss in glacial cover since 1999. However, glaciologists were quick to point out
that this was deeply improbable. Ejo Schrama, a professor at TU Delft whose research interests include satellite mapping of Greenland, has posted a copy of a letter
subscribed by several scientists at the Scott Polar Research Insititute expressing displeasure/disgruntlement with the publishers of the atlas (the linked post has been continually updated as events have warranted, so keep an eye out). The publishers have issued a semi-apologetic statement
, but why was the mistake made in the first place? ScienceInsider thinks they might have worked out the answer
(see the update in the second half of the article).
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
Over the centuries, the high seas have served as a blank canvas for cartographers’ worst nightmares. They have dotted the oceans with a whole crypto-zoo of island-sized whales, deathly seductive mermaids, giant sea serpents, and many more - a whole panoply of heraldic horrors. As varied as this marine bestiary is, mapmakers have settled on a single, favourite species for land-based beastliness: the octopus.
Bonus: Satire Maps and Fred W. Rose
(YT, 3:32); Fred Rose's Serio-Comic War Map
(YT, 1:52). [more inside]
Free PDFs of The History of Cartography
, vol. 1 and 2, from University of Chicago Press.
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.
The world is not as you think it is
. While every map system
has its faults, the Mercator we all know was designed for ship navigation five centuries ago, and introduces significant geographical distortion
. Alternative projection systems
, including perspective-cylindrical
, attempt to portray correct relative size, accuracy of features, and position. Inverted maps
diminish natural tendencies to see countries at the top as "superior". [more inside]
The official Google Earth plugin
is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program
(complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version
with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap.
Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz
, an antipode locater
, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco
, a virtual route-follower
, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!
, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name.
Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery
-- highlights include
a look at mountaintop removal mining
a real-time flight tracker
a guide to trails and outdoor recreation
a 360 panorama catalog
geotagged Panoramio photos
and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer
And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map
into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
is the study of Greater Boston, Massachusetts through maps and graphics. This site is run by a pair of cartography geeks; Andy Woodruff
of Axis Maps
, and Tim Wallace
. [more inside]
was a scholar of the 17th Century who produced one of the most famous cosmological atlases of all time, Harmonia Macrocosmica, featuring 29 beautiful plates
(large, high-quality scans), illustrating various aspects of the Universe as understood by the Western science of his time. It's impossible to pick favorites among them, but here are three examples: Phases of the Moon
, Sizes of the Celestial Bodies
and Stars and Constellations of the Northern Sky
Several months ago, Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography (previously and previouslier)
created an astronomical calendar of events for New Haven, Connecticut
, where he lives, featuring all of the inexorable rhythms of the Solar System in one handy PNG file. Now you can create such a calendar
for any location on the planet, with information as basic as the hours of daylight or as esoteric as the tilt of Saturn's rings, all lovingly rendered in soothing translucent pastels. [more inside]
The United States of Swearing
-- a map of profanity on Twitter.
contains a surprisingly large database of aerial photography dating back to the dawn of aviation, with a Google-Maps-like interface. [more inside]
In September 1861 Edwin Hergesheimer of the United States Coast Survey produced a map
based on data from the 1860 census
showing the distribution of slaves across the South. It's interesting to compare this to other maps. [more inside]
) data served through MapQuest
's own server, and any edits feed back into the main OpenStreetMap database. [more inside]
Mapping the Republic of Letters
is a cartographic tool designed by students and professors at Stanford that seeks to represent the Enlightenment era Republic of Letters, the network of correspondence between the finest thinkers of the day, such as Voltaire, Leibniz, Rousseau, Newton, Diderot, Linnaeus, Franklin and countless others. Patricia Cohen wrote an article about Mapping the Republic of Letters as well as other datamining digital humanities projects
in The New York Times. The mapping tool is fun to play with but I recommend you read the blogpost where Cohen explains how to use Mapping the Republic of Letters
is a blog by Ben Breen, a graduate student of early modern history, which styles itself "a compendium of obscure things." Indeed, even the asides are full of wonder, such as the one about Boy, the famous Royalist war poodle of the English Civil War, which is but a short addendum to a post about witches' familiars
. Here are some of my favorite posts, Pirate Surgeon in Panama
(and a related post about 18th Century Jamaica
), vanished civilizations
, asemic pseudo-Arabic and -Hebrew writing in Renaissance art
, and a series of posts about the way the Chinese and Japanese understood the world outside Asia in the early modern period (Europeans as 'Other'
, Europeans as 'Other,' Redux
and Early Chinese World Maps
An interactive map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth
. You can zoom and pan, search for or center a location, and link to a particular area. Place names are labeled in both English and Elvish. [more inside]
(requires safari/firefox and patience) [more inside]
The Agnostic Cartographer
: How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.
When he was 32
, his life seemed hopeless. He was bankrupt and without a job. He was grief stricken over the death of his first child and he had a wife and a newborn to support. Drinking heavily, he contemplated suicide. Instead, he decided decided that his life was not his to throw away: it belonged to the universe. Buckminster Fuller embarked on "an experiment to discover what the little, penniless, unknown individual might be able to do effectively on behalf of all humanity." If the architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller
were still alive, he would be 115 years old today. Though he died in 1983, his legacy grows on through recordings of his ideas
and the Buckminster Fuller Institute
. [more inside]
The Atlas of True Names
reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States. For example, Britain = Great Land of the Tattooed, New Jersey = New Island of Spears, and Chicago = Stink Onion. There's now an iPhone app
. However, at least one linguistic historian takes issue
with some of their methodology. Mefi's own languagehat responds
Make a Map
is a website that lets you create your own maps of the US and areas thereof using various demographics data. It's still in beta stage but it's got all of the US (at least everywhere I've thought to look) and so far has datasets for median household income, population change 2000-9, population density, median home value, unemployment rate, average household size and median age. It's fun to use and taught me a great deal about my home city. The sitemaker, ESRI, also has a pretty good free globe map software, ArcGIS Explorer
, for which you download map layers
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
- a simple Google Maps mashup that lets you compare landmark sizes by outlining a part of the world and overlaying it on another. Iraq vs. Texas
; Greenland vs. India
; Tiananmen Square vs. Red Square
; Devils Tower vs. White House
New York Public Library is crowdsourcing the rectification of maps
in their digital gallery. Help match rare maps of NYC to more precise current maps, browse rectified maps, or lend a hand rectifying maps of Haiti to help relief efforts
is a database of sixteen free digital image collections
built using Luna Imaging's Insight software. And there's a lot of cool stuff, well over a hundred thousand images all available for download in good resolution. Here are some of the collections featured: Pratt Institute Fashion Plate Collection
, The Farber Gravestones Collection
, Maps of Africa
, Cornell Political Americana Collection
and the The Estate Collection of art by HIV+ artists
. The advanced search allows you to search across all collection, for example seeing everything across all collections about animals
or New York
or your birthyear
. Whatever you look for, it's gonna bring up a boatload of interesting images.
, a website about short films, has created The Smalls Street Sounds
, a site where folks can upload sounds unique to their city and see them mapped (USAcentric). They have set a goal of having 5,000 sounds uploaded by March. via
. My favorite
and Martin Dodge
of the Department of Geography, University of Manchester, UK have been scouring archives for maps of Manchester, and have assembled the results in an "intellectually driven" exhibition, Mapping Manchester
, at the Rylands Library, Deansgate. [more inside]
Hadji Muhiddin Piri Ibn Hadji Mehmed, ( 1465–1554/5) was an Ottoman-Turkish Admiral, Privateer, Geographer and Cartographer more commonly known as Piri Reis. In 1521 he finished his Kitab-I Bahriye
or Book of Navigation
This is an exquisite C17th - C18th revised and expanded version.
( scroll down and click the icons which can then be magnified.
Marvel at the gold leaf and coloring of the map of the Bay of Salonica
or the wonderful map of Rhodes
( click addittional information button below map to get further information.
However Piri Reis is more famously known for this map
dated 1513 which is one of the oldest surviving maps to show the Americas. In the marginalia
are the accounts of the pioneer seamen who have taken part in the discovery of the places shown on the map.
Piri Reis at The Map Room
is an interactive map system for the bible, which is great for visualising where certain biblical events are said to have occured. It's also great for people who don't subscribe to any kind of organised religion but do like looking at maps (like me!).
Have you ever wondered what New York was like before it was a city? Find out at The Mannahatta Project
, by navigating through the map to discover Manhattan Island and its native wildlife in 1609. [more inside]
Mapping with Isotype:
A collection of examples of Otto Neurath, Gerd Arntz, and Marie Reidemeister’s cartographic language, isotype. (Still influential today).
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.
presents a unique map
of the United Statements of America
; it's a map of the USA with each state's motto (or a translation thereof) by artist Emily Wick
. The strangemaps post includes an explanation of most of the mottoes below the image.