Maps and Cartography
Profiling interesting maps and geography items. Also listed in this category are articles relating to cartography (aka map making) and cartographic techniques.
Forbes recently released an updated list of the world’s billionaires. The listing contains the ranking for 1,226 individuals and families who’s net worth as of March of 2012 was 1 billion USD or more. Since the listings contained both a country of citizenship and residence, this allows for a peek at the geography of billionaires. [...]
Area cartogram maps are maps of non-absolute space where the areal extent is in proportion to some measured value. Cartogram maps retain a partially accurate relative location and relative space, but the actual area of the individual polygons features are overrepresented or underrepresented based on the assigned values. Area cartograms are useful for visualizing relativity [...]
University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, with Azavea, a geospatial analysis (GIS) software development company, has launched “Visualizing Emancipation,” the first interactive map showing the end of American slavery during the U.S. Civil War. The application displays more than 3,000 geographically tagged emancipation events, such as reports of African Americans helping the Union, fugitive slave notices, [...]
Saturday March 31st at 8:30pm local time everywhere will mark Earth Hour. For one hour, millions will switch off their lights as a way to come together to demonstrate the need to take action on climate change. Why at night? The increase of energy consumption worldwide can be visualized through the comparison of night light [...]