Posts tagged with ‘maps

40 maps that visually explain geopolitics across the Middle East

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Sometimes it’s hard not to see all the crap that’s going on in the world now, all the crap that’s been going on in the world for the past 30 years and wonder what the hell is going on in the Middle East/Arab/Persian diaspora that has made them so cranky for this long. Vox has put together a great collection of 40 maps, showing the history of the Middle East and the Islamic empire from the beginning of recorded time until now to put things in perspective.

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The map Abraham Lincoln used to determine the extent of concentrations of slavery in the South
This map, made by the U.S. Coast Survey in 1861 using census data from 1860, shows the relative prevalence of slavery in Southern counties that year. The map, which shades counties based on the percentage of total inhabitants who were enslaved, shows what a range there was in levels of Southern enslavement. Some counties, the map explains, “appear comparatively light … this arises from the preponderance of whites and free blacks in the large towns in these counties.” The population of Orleans Parish, La., in one example, was 8.9 percent enslaved. Places that were rural but were located in mountainous areas devoid of plantations were similarly light-shaded: The people of Harlan County, Ky., were 2.3 percent enslaved. Meanwhile, a dark belt of counties bordering the Mississippi River held more than 70 percent of their residents in slavery, with Tensas Parish, La., at 90.8 percent and Washington County, Miss., at 92.3 percent.
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The map Abraham Lincoln used to determine the extent of concentrations of slavery in the South

This map, made by the U.S. Coast Survey in 1861 using census data from 1860, shows the relative prevalence of slavery in Southern counties that year. The map, which shades counties based on the percentage of total inhabitants who were enslaved, shows what a range there was in levels of Southern enslavement. Some counties, the map explains, “appear comparatively light … this arises from the preponderance of whites and free blacks in the large towns in these counties.” The population of Orleans Parish, La., in one example, was 8.9 percent enslaved. Places that were rural but were located in mountainous areas devoid of plantations were similarly light-shaded: The people of Harlan County, Ky., were 2.3 percent enslaved. Meanwhile, a dark belt of counties bordering the Mississippi River held more than 70 percent of their residents in slavery, with Tensas Parish, La., at 90.8 percent and Washington County, Miss., at 92.3 percent.

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Website of the day: Explore the world of Game of Thrones, Google Maps style
This isn’t the first GoT/Song of Ice and Fire interactive maps, but it’s certainly the most comprehensive, showing you not just places and events, but allowing you to sort by book, by character and character path. Incredible work.
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Website of the day: Explore the world of Game of Thrones, Google Maps style

This isn’t the first GoT/Song of Ice and Fire interactive maps, but it’s certainly the most comprehensive, showing you not just places and events, but allowing you to sort by book, by character and character path. Incredible work.

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Loch Ness Monster captured on satellite photography? Sure, why not.

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Some amateur monster hunters found what looks like the outline of some kind of prehistoric beast swimming under the waters of Loch Ness in Scotland on Apple Maps, so obviously it’s Nessie. It sure does look compelling, and public satellite maps are always accurate and never ever have weird artifacts show up through incorrect image stitching. Not ever.

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Explore 500 beautiful National Geographic maps with Google

For over 120 years, National Geographic has not only been documenting the world through gorgeous photography, but through stunning maps. Now, with a partnership with Google, you can explore 500 National Geographic maps spanning decades and decades of NG cartography. 

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It won’t be long before robotic drones are mapping the world all on their own

Mapping our world is big business, and it’s important business— from understanding our planet, to keeping tabs on population to just knowing the best way to get around, we’re always looking at new and better and faster ways to collect data on our surroundings. And with small, cheap flying drone technology, we could have robots doing constant measuring and monitoring and surveillance for us. Like tiny little mechanical guardian angels.

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Map of America, as created by an Australian with little knowledge of American geography

Google buys Waze, maps are about to get way more social

Just as Apple is trying desperately to improve its own Maps application, Google just keeps pulling further and further away. And with their acquisition of social traffic mapping app Waze, it’s going to add a whole new dimension to using Google Maps.

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Bing maps may have accidentally revealed the location of a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia

Modern day, widely accessible satellite map technology has allowed people to discover all kinds of things, even things that weren’t supposed to be discovered. Like the above photo, which is supposedly a shot of a secret US drone base in Saudi Arabia.

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Everything wants to kill you in Australia, including Apple Maps

Authorities in Australia have warned motorists not to trust Apple’s new Maps program, as its incorrect maps and shitty directions my cause bodily harm or death. One wrong turn on the way to grandma’s house and suddenly you’re flying off a cliff into a den of deadly alligators and poisonous spiders. It is Australia after all… that could really happen.

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Apple Maps accidentally outs secret Taiwanese military base

In the county of Hsinchu, Taiwan, the Taiwanese government has… er had… a top secret radar range to detect incoming Chinese missiles. It’s apparently been unknown to the outside world until Apple’s goofy Maps came along and showed the location of the radar range off as clear as day for all to see. Whoopsie.

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