If you like looking at maps of imaginary places, you should take a peek at the Fantasy Atlas
, a German-language collection of maps of literary fantasy and sci-fi worlds. For a more obsessive (but just as interesting) take on maps of imaginary places, you can check out the work of Adrian Leskiw
, who's been creating road maps of non-existent places since the age of 3. (Previously on Metafilter.)
posted by dersins
on Aug 1, 2007 -
presents an extraordinary look at "one of the most ambitious search-and-rescue missions in history
," after one of Microsoft's researchers, Jim Gray
, and his boat, the Tenacious
, went missing
in the Pacific Ocean outside San Francisco in January 2007. Cartography meets law meets 2.0
technology. "First the Coast Guard scoured 132,000 square miles of ocean. Then a team of scientists and Silicon Valley power players turned the eyes of the global network onto the Pacific." Eventually, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, the US Navy, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium jumped in – "as did astronomers from leading universities." To this day, Jim Gray has never been found
, and his disappearance cannot be explained
. Read Wired
posted by BLDGBLOG
on Jul 22, 2007 -
is a gorgeous site featuring 22 strollable daytrips in major cities worldwide (not just US Only), all laid out on beautiful artistic (yet still helpful) maps with downloadable PDFs for taking with you on your wanderings. For those terrified of being marketed to, it should be noted that Bugaboo is a baby stroller company, although the site is by no means of restricted interest to parents only, and bugbaoo's presence on the site seems confined to the URL. Also note that unfortunately for those alergic to it, the site is designed entirely in Flash.
On the other hand, the maps & art are really awesome, so you should do yourself a favor & get over it this time. Via
posted by jonson
on Jun 26, 2007 -
For anyone with even a passing interest in Islamic history or cartography, 'The Book of Curiosities of the Sciences and Marvels for the Eyes'
site at Oxford University's Bodleian Library will provide a thoroughly interesting timesink. This recently discovered 13th/14th century copy of an 11th century Egyptian manuscript was partly based on Ptolemy and includes the oldest rectangular map of the world...not to mention the famed human-bearing Waq-Waq
posted by peacay
on Apr 5, 2007 -
Imaginary places in detail: Start with a wonderful overview of megastructures in science fiction
and examine a dictionary of 76 locations
from recent fantasy novels. Then move on to the interactive maps: Mordor
, the Simpson's Springfield
as seen in many stories, New York
in fiction, Lovecraft's New England
, maps from almost any video game
, Star Trek
, the Marvel Universe
, and the DC Universe
posted by blahblahblah
on Feb 21, 2007 -
Do you know where you are? With Google Maps
and Google Earth
so commonplace now, GPS everywhere, and with websites such as our own Metafilter making use of latitude and longitude did you ever stop to think about how all this latitude, longitude and height above sea level works? The UK's Ordnance Survey
explains it all in A Guide to Coordinate Systems in Great Britain
. Discover that different coordinate systems might differ by as much as 200m, and that your house may be moving as much as 1m up and down each day relative to the centre of the Earth, and many other bits of geographical interest.[more inside]
posted by edd
on Sep 6, 2006 -
Places and spaces
is an exhibit which aims to compare and contrast the first maps of our entire planet with the first maps of all of science as we know it.
posted by dhruva
on Jul 27, 2005 -
Is a "virtual" Philly even better than the real thing?
Well, GeoSim Systems
thinks so. Except for the aroma of freshly-grilled cheesesteak, at least. Their "Virtual Philadelphia" is the most detailed urban imaging system I've seen yet, and you can read about the monumental process of turning photographic images (taken from both aircraft and street-level) into this incredible rendering in a February 17 NY Times article
(reg req). And - as expected - Google wants to get in on the action and do the same thing
in San Francisco. via BB
posted by luriete
on Jun 10, 2005 -
is a skill pretty much taken for granted now, but it wasn't
. Accurate maps were once prized state secrets, laborious efforts that cost a fortune and took years (or even decades) to complete.
How things have changed. (Yours now, $110
) It took almost 500 years to map North America, but it's only taken one tenth of that to map just everything else. In the last 50 years, we've been able to create acurate atlases of two planets
and one moon
(with a second
in the works). Actually, we've done a lot more than that
. We're actually running out of things to map.
posted by absalom
on Jan 27, 2005 -
something good has come from a newsfilter post! In a trackback to a recent post
on something-or-other (aren't they all the same?) I discovered a gem of a site dedicated to maps.
posted by silusGROK
on Jul 9, 2003 -
of very beautiful Old Japanese Maps
has been put online. Java application Insight(tm) required to view and includes a nifty GIS application to overlay old maps on current maps with 3-D animated fly-throughs. State of the art in online map presentation "The digital images are even better than the originals because you can amplify them, rotate them to look at them from different angles," Mr. Zhou said. "In practical terms, this is a better way of using the material than actually coming here to see the pieces."
posted by stbalbach
on Apr 13, 2003 -
Have you grown weary of the tiny, grayscale maps of Iraq and the Middle East accompanying most newspaper stories on the region? TomPaine.com
went in search of better geographic tools, and found them at the University of Texas' Online Library, with links to dozens of maps
—political, topographical, historical—of a region many Americans have never scrutinized geographically. More inside...
posted by silusGROK
on Oct 22, 2002 -
Recent events have sent me all over bookstores and the web to look at and learn from maps. This is the best, and one of the least known sites. For current events, try the Middle East
sections, but don't miss the incredibel Historical
posted by geronimo_rex
on Oct 4, 2001 -
The Hereford Mappa Mundi (Map the World) is a remarkably beautiful and rare glimpse into the medieval view the world. It is the largest map its kind (54 x 64 inches) to have survived and dates from around 1295. It still resides at Hereford Cathedral in England just as it has done for the last 700 years.
The map depicts the world as a flat disk with east at the top. It shows all the features the then known world including Africa, India and China. Paradise is depicted somewhere east India. The Holy Land and its important sites expand to fill the middle the map. Jerusalem is placed at the centre the world.
It is a work of cosmology as much as a cartography. That is, it seeks to explain the world as well as merely depict its features. This was a time when the population was uneducated and provincial. In the Hereford map, people could revel in this vision of the outside world, which taught natural history, classical legends, explained the winds and reinforced their religious beliefs.
Here is a simplified sketch
which makes the details and country names easier to identify. Here is the original
and a very good written description
posted by lagado
on Oct 30, 2000 -