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The Dakota Access Pipeline Map

Category: Google Maps | Dec 31, 2016

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to southern Illinois. The pipeline will be nearly 2,000 miles long and travel through four states. When completed the pipeline will be able to deliver up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil every day.

The construction of the pipeline has become increasingly controversial, mainly because of its likely impact on the


How to Create a Green & Pleasant Land

Category: Google Maps | Dec 30, 2016

It can take a long time to create a green and pleasant land. In the case of Britain it took an ice age, an interstadial phase of global warming, a massive tsunami and around ten thousand years of human occupation.

In The Making of the British Landscape the geographer Nicholas Crane explores how the landscape of Britain has been shaped over the centuries by climate change and human occupation.


Origin-Destination Flow Maps

Category: Google Maps | Dec 29, 2016

Earlier this month I read an interesting article in the Cartography and Geographic Information Science journal, examining Design Principles for Origin-Destination Flow Maps. In the paper the authors suggest three good design principles for visualizing origin-destination flows where specific routes between the origin and destination are unknown or unimportant.

One of the three design


Tracking Santa in Real Time

Category: Google Maps | Dec 24, 2016

Rudolph the red nosed reindeer has a very shiny nose. In fact it is so shiny that it gives off an infrared signature so powerful that it can be detected from space.

Every Christmas NORAD’s geo-synchronous satellites are able to detect the signature from Rudolph’s nose and observe when Santa Claus leaves the North Pole. They then proceed to track his movements for 24 hours as Santa delivers


Christmas Songs Around the World

Category: Google Maps | Dec 23, 2016

It’s time to get the Christmas party started. So why not begin the celebrations with this Smithsonian Folkways Holiday Music Map? This map is bursting with traditional holiday music, featuring songs from the the museum’s Folkways Recordings collection.

The map includes 56 songs from 24 nations. Songs which celebrate the winter holidays, whether that be Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa. Using


In the Age of Wooden Ships

Category: Google Maps | Dec 22, 2016

National Geographic has published their round-up of the Best Maps of 2016. The collection includes fifteen maps, including vintage, interactive, digital and hand-drawn maps from around the world.

One of the maps featured in National Geographic’s top fifteen maps is Wooden Ships, an interactive map which allows you to explore European maritime activity from 1750 to 1850. The visualization is


Mapping New York’s Shadows

Category: Google Maps | Dec 22, 2016

Yesterday the New York Times honored the shortest day of the year with its own mapped homage to the sun. In Mapping the Shadows of New York City the NYT has created a truly beautiful map which shows the extent that the city’s tall buildings block the sun throughout the year.

The Times says that most Manhattan neighborhoods will remain in shadow for at least half of daylight hours. They also


Water – Not Safe for Drinking

Category: Google Maps | Dec 21, 2016

In January the Governor of Michigan declared that the city of Flint was in a state of emergency because of the high levels of lead contamination in the city’s drinking water. A new investigation by Reuters reveals that Flint is not the only district suffering from lead contaminated drinking water. After analyzing lead testing results from across the USA Reuters reports that around 3,000 areas


Mapping Changes to Global Surface Water

Category: Google Maps | Dec 21, 2016

A new map from the European Commission’s Joint Research Council allows you to explore how climate change and human interference has affected surface water levels across the globe. Since 1984 every continent, apart from Oceania, has shown an increase in permanent surface water. However some locations, particular in the Middle-East, Central Asia, Australia and the USA have seen net losses in


The Ships of San Francisco

Category: Google Maps | Dec 20, 2016

Mapbox has created an impressive animated map visualization of 24 hours of marine traffic in the San Francisco Bay. Ships in the SF Bay uses ship telemetry data to map all of the marine traffic in the bay on September 1st, 2014.

The map sidebar does a great job of explaining the reasons behind the patterns in the data and how ship trip traffic is organised in the San Francisco Bay. As you