Looking for a gift for someone who loves maps? Take a look at The Phantom Atlas. Long before satellites and Google, cartographers traced out maps of the world, some with errors that persisted for hundreds of years. The Phantom Atlas compiles the greatest “myths, lies and blunders” on maps, from honest mistakes to deliberate lies. Check out this interview with the author:
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This one made me laugh!
Spaces in file names were a big problem with my GIS students.
Looking to buy a home in California? You will need to make $120,120 per year to afford an average home. Check out this article and map of the US showing what your annual salary must be to afford an average home.
Interesting article about mapping the ocean floor. I did not know that only 15% of the ocean floor has been mapped so far. An idea to “crowd source” ocean floor mapping is taking hold, using volunteer cargo ships, fishing boats, and pleasure craft to transmit data in real time.
Radio Garden is an interactive globe that allows visitors to listen to over 8,000 live radio stations from around the world. When you visit the site, radio stations are loaded and then you will be directed to the radio station closest to your current location. From there, you can explore other stations around the globe. Cities with multiple participating stations will have a list appear on the right side of the browser, allowing you to choose which station to listen to. By selecting the History tab or the Jingles tab, you can explore historic radio broadcasts and station jingles from across time and space. Check it out!
Do you have a globe collection? Sign up for the webinar “Caring for Your Historic Globe Collection” for May 17 and keep those globes spinning! The webinar will cover storage, handling, display, and general care of your globes.
Check out this Library of Congress post about the “father of temperature mapping”, Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), who devised the concept of the isotherm. Cool maps!