As a kid I spent a lot of time on the Maryland shore. Squinting out across the endless blue expanse, I could have sworn I saw the edge of Portugal once or twice. I was shocked recently to learn that my childhood imagination had it all wrong. (Truly, a first.) With telescopic vision, I wouldn’t see the coast of Europe.…
What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer.
What lies beneath the deep blue sea? So much more than you might think.
How do you organize photographs of an alien world in the era before computers? By printing them out and sticking them to a globe of the planet!
On the request of NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey has prepared two highly detailed maps of the Moon. Fortunately, they've also been made available to the public, so check 'em out in all their lunar glory.
To commemorate 100 years of making maps, National Geographic's Cathy Newman has penned a fascinating summary of the organization's cartographic influence on not just nature journalism, but on history and science itself. To date, NatGeo has produced 438 insert maps, 10 atlases, dozens of globes, and 3,000 maps for the…
If you look at the beautifully illustrated fantasy maps on posters, in books, and across the Internet and wish that you could make such incredible pieces of worldbuilding, then you're in luck. We have some guidelines for making your maps better, more beautiful, and easier to understand.
As it stands, there are well over 150 territorial disputes around the globe, some more urgent than others. Here are 10 you need to know about — and that could redefine the world map.
You read that right - amongst our look at all things crowdfunded this week are some actual engineers who actually want to construct piloted robots for the purpose of fighting each other. What a week, what a week.
In 1803, the United States was still struggling to be taken seriously as a nation. Still, it seemed promising enough that the great civilization known as the Ottoman Empire began to take notice of it. This gorgeous map is one of the earliest and most detailed that Ottoman geographers produced of the region.
After 16 years of painstaking work, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a series of geologic maps that offer the most thorough representation of the Red Planet's surface to date. The revealing project will help mission planners target future areas for robotic — and potentially human — exploration.
While each of these maps is incredibly striking, it isn't always easy to recognize the places within them as spots on our Earth. Some of them look straight out a J.R.R. Tolkien novel, while others are more fanciful takes on familiar countries.http://io9.com/a-collection-o...
Say you decide one day to get up from the couch, step outside and set out due east. Over mountain, stream, forest and field you march. When you reach the ocean, you chart a perfectly parallel course along a constant latitude until, ignoring small islands, your vessel arrives... where, exactly?
Population geographers typically create maps showing us where all the action is. This map, on the other hand, does not.
Here's a sweet crash-course lesson — in animated gif form — showing how the United States expanded and took shape over the course of its history.
We'll give you a hint: The first of these 2,300 data points appeared at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor back in 1924.
Up until the 1990s, many maps of New York situated the tiny town of Agloe just north of Roscoe in the Catskill Mountains. The problem? Agloe, New York, was almost entirely fictitious, although it briefly existed on paper.
Perhaps no other landmass in the world has undergone as many political changes during the past 5,500 years than Europe. Thanks to the work of Groovy Historian, we can now visualize this evolution.
This 1504 engraved globe, made from two joined pieces of ostrich egg, is beautiful as a work of cartographical art, but it also has a special distinction: it may be the oldest known globe in existence that depicts the so-called New World.