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Maps of the Week

Category: Google Maps | Aug 7, 2016

My favorite map of this last week has to be Brand New Subway. Not only does Brand New Subway let you create your very own New York subway system it also works out how many passengers your network would attract,

Brand New Subway allows you to tear up the New York transit map and start from scratch. You can build subway lines anywhere you like in the city and place subway stations where ever you

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Free Maps from USGS & NatGeo

Category: Google Maps | Aug 7, 2016

National Geographic has released a great new service which allows you to print free USGS Quad maps. It’s also very simple to use. It allows you to just zoom in on your area of interest, select the Quad Map that you want and press print.

USGS’s 7.5-minute quadrangle maps are topographical maps covering an area of 49 to 70 square miles.
Using NatGeo’s PDF Quads interactive map you can quickly

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/-yuS6RDnZHk/free-maps-from-usgs-natgeo.html

Sky Diving Without A Parachute

Category: Google Maps | Aug 6, 2016

Would you jump out of a plane at 25,000 feet without a parachute? Luke Atkins did. Last week Luke jumped from a plane over Sim Valley in California and, without the aid of a parachute, he free-fell 25,000 into a 100-by-100-foot safety net.

If you want to get a sense of what a free-fall from 25,000 feet is actually like, without putting yourself at serious risk of death, then you can try Darren

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/9tS6dD9Nddk/sky-diving-without-parachute.html

The Burrito Eater’s Problem

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2016

On Monday Maps Mania featured Randy Olson’s Optimal Road Trip of U.S. National Parks. Randy’s map is an example of solving the Traveling Salesman Problem. This problem involves finding the most efficient route taking in a number of different waypoints. Randy’s map shows the most efficient route for visiting¬†all 47 national parks within the contiguous states of the USA.

If you want to create

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/8cnScroXxsc/the-burrito-eaters-problem.html

The Cost of Driving

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2016

Nearly all major highways in Brazil have tolls. Many of these tolls are expensive and make driving a costly enterprise for the average Brazilian.

Qualp is a new service for Brazilian drivers which provides driving directions with the latest information on toll costs. Using the service drivers can not only get driving directions for a route but also find out how much the trip will cost.

After

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/bftbcWASdgs/the-cost-of-driving.html

The Favela is a Blank Spot on the Map

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2016

In the run-up to the Rio Olympic games a lot has been written about the city’s favelas. Much of this interest in the favelas has concentrated on the poverty, crime and violence in these neighborhoods and on the policies and actions of the police and city authorities to try to ‘pacify’ the favelas before the Olympic games.

Google has instead decided to look a little more closely at the lives,

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/bjEVACxTGZ0/the-favela-is-blank-spot-on-map.html

Build Your Own Subway

Category: Google Maps | Aug 4, 2016

It’s time to tear down the New York City subway system and start again from scratch. The New York City Council’s Department of Transportation has decided that you are the best person for this job. They have therefore asked you to completely redesign the city’s subway system and create a better NYC Subway map.

Brand New Subway is an awesome interactive map which allows you to create your very

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/x1_ThWfYvmo/build-your-own-subway.html

Mapbox Story Maps

Category: Google Maps | Aug 4, 2016

A very quick way to create an effective scroll-driven story map is to use Mapbox GL. The advantage of using Mapbox GL over some other mapping libraries is that Mapbox GL allows you not only to zoom and pan the map but to rotate the map to provide different perspectives on your featured locations

If you want to create a Mapbox GL story map there is also the added advantage that Mapbox has

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/bRU9VDvmNAo/mapbox-story-maps.html

Maps in the Unity Game Engine

Category: Google Maps | Aug 3, 2016

Google today released a pretty amazing game which allows you to fly over the Himalayas, run up mountains and skate upon icy lakes. Verne – The Himalayas uses Google Map’s 3d imagery to create a game world which you can explore as a Yeti named Verne.

The game uses Google Map’s 3d imagery inside the Unity Game Engine. By coincidence Mapbox today published open-sourced code on Github which allows

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/ZZwdHQGmdRU/maps-in-unity-game-engine.html

South Africa’s Political Killings

Category: Google Maps | Aug 3, 2016

Today South Africans are voting in the 2016 Municipal Elections. The ANC has dominated the political landscaped in South Africa since the end of Apartheid. However the poor economy and corruption scandals centered on president Jacob Zuma could seriously damage the ANC’s performance in today’s election.

The corruption charges against the South African president are not the only problems that

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/EQ3tteJjTGY/south-africas-political-killings.html