Top 5 Rivers of Plastic

Check out this retro looking map showing the top five most plastic polluting rivers in the world.  The map uses stacks of Asian Elephants (about 4 tonnes each) to represent daily amounts of plastic.  Descriptive text is included so you don’t have to count elephants!


Spoiler alert, no high output rivers from the US.  Stop focusing on those straws California!

You can find out more about the map from here.  Also there is a story map you can check out.  Map is based on data from a study you can find here.

Instructional Story Maps

Maps can be beautiful, engaging, and informative ways to learn or educate about a topic, and story maps offer a way to add multimedia and narrative to the mix as well.  But for the uninitiated, the prospect of creating a high-quality digital map may be daunting.  Fortunately, ESRI has created a free resource to help … Instructional Story Maps.  Here you will find approximately 20 story maps, each focused on a different cartographic concept or technique.  Examples include tutorials on creating visuals such as glowing borders or sunrise effects, an explainer on making heat maps to communicate density, as well as a series of tutorials featuring ESRI’s Cascade story map template and a series focused on the platform’s smart mapping features.  Check it out!


Plant Hardiness Zone Map

Some of you might be familiar with USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map.  It is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location.  The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree zones.  Besides the static map, there is also an interactive GIS map.  You can also enter a zip code and find your hardiness zone.  Check it out!