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Wow – it’s Mapbox GL

Category: Google Maps | Aug 7, 2014

Mapbox has announced the release of Mapbox GL JS. I’ve only had a few hours to play with it so far but it already looks to be the most exciting and impressive mapping API on the market. It really does make the Google Maps API look dated, tired and jaded now.

Mapbox GL JS allows developers to create maps with very powerful options for dynamic styling and map interactivity on the client-side. It

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/smtz1GKOrXw/wow-its-mapbox-gl.html

Super Moon & Super Tides

Category: Google Maps | Aug 6, 2014

On the 10th August you will be able to see an extra special Supermoon in the night sky. On the 10th the full Moon coincides with the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit (when the Moon is closest to the Earth).

One effect of this Supermoon will be king tides. King tides are the highest tides, which occur when the moon is closest to the Earth. If you live in South Carolina you can help MyCoast:

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/Wh_08DgZDMw/super-moon-super-tides.html

The Drone Crash Map

Category: Google Maps | Aug 6, 2014

Don’t Fly Drones Here is a Mapbox map of drone no-fly zones in the United States. Areas in the US with drone flight restrictions, commonly in and around major airports, military bases and national parks, are displayed on the the map in red.

If you know of a drone no-fly zone missing from the map you can submit a ticket to the Don’t Fly Drones Here map repository on GitHub and it will be added

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/UqW1kosj6cY/the-drone-crash-map.html

Mapping the Global Terrorism Database

Category: Google Maps | Aug 6, 2014

I recently suggested on Twitter that the Global Terrorism Database might make for a more interesting Torque animated map than all the Twitter related maps which have been so popular lately. The Global Terrorism Database is an open-source database of terrorist attacks around the world from 1970 through 2013.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, who

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/KCxYsXyD_jQ/mapping-global-terrorism-database.html

Mapping Australia’s Immigrants

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2014

Australia’s Special Broadcasting Service, a multilingual broadcasting service for ethnic communities, has mapped the top three birthplaces of immigrants in suburbs and towns across Australia.

Where Australia’s Immigrants Were Born uses 2011 census data with the Mapbox mapping platform to visualize the countries of births of Australian immigrants. The article actually contains a series of maps,

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/zhbSNlON3xo/mapping-australias-immigrants.html

Google Maps Lands on the Moon & Mars

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2014

Google Maps now lets you explore the Moon and Mars. To visit either the Moon or Mars open the new look Google Maps and to switch to ‘Earth’ (or satellite view) and zoom out on the map until you see the whole globe. The Moon and Mars should now appear as options at the bottom of your screen.

If you are finding it difficult to find the Moon or Mars then try these direct links – Moon & Mars.

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/hAmB_JOp_1Q/google-maps-lands-on-moon-mars.html

Putting Google Places on the Map

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2014

The Google Places library is a great resource to populate a map with local businesses, restaurants, cafes and points of interest. The Places Library allows you to display nearby categorized venues, venue details (including address, opening hours & customer reviews) and display photos of the venue.

There are lots of ways you can use the Places library on a Google Map. Here are a few maps which

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/31mu5IN6Dac/putting-google-places-on-map.html

Real-Time Wind Mapping

Category: Google Maps | Aug 5, 2014

Cameron Beccario’s earth.nullschool.net uses D3.js to create an interactive globe that displays wind speeds in near real-time.

Since its release Cameron has continued to add more and more functions to the map. If you select the ‘earth’ title in the bottom left-hand corner of the site you can access a menu which allows you to change the map projection and to visualize other types of animated

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/P6OajrxqQrU/real-time-wind-mapping.html

Ground Overlays Make Beautiful Maps

Category: Google Maps | Aug 4, 2014

I really like Disney’s Walt Disney World map which uses the Google Maps API’s¬†Ground Overlay¬†feature to overlay a custom made static map on top of the Google Maps base layer. This is a great way to create an impressive looking, distinctive map.

Of course to create such a good looking map you need to start with a good custom designed static map. This might be why this feature is probably most

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/y6U6wnj_bMs/ground-overlays-make-beautiful-maps.html

Mickey Mouse Mapping

Category: Google Maps | Aug 4, 2014

Walt Disney World are using the Google Maps API to provide an impressive interactive map of the Orlando resort. The Explore Walt Disney World Resort map allows you to explore the resort by park and resort and to search for individual rides and attractions.

The map uses custom text labels and custom designed markers to create a very distinctive map. What makes the map really distinctive is the

From: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GoogleMapsMania/~3/yOOrhgqddGk/the-mickey-mouse-map.html