Best of the blogs – 8 November 2016


Each week, Spatial Source finds the best that the internet has to offer.

With the fate of the US election mere moments away, many have turned to maps to comprehend the madness. With talks of apocalypse, Illuminati and gerrymandering, there is no better way to visualise the either imminent doom or salvation (depending on how you see it of course).

nyt-us-map-election_700-2Maps Mania have suggested a better name for the country, the ‘Gerrymandered States of America’, a nod to the changing election boundaries that can skew election results. The Washington Post also turned to maps to show how a Trump victory is still a possibility. The Cartonerd blog examines the New York Times’ incredibly detailed map suggests a number of interesting ways to visualise the election (as above). To track the results live, the 360 HERE blog has compiled no less than five useful maps for you to keep on the pulse. Happy mapping and may the best candidate win!



How do you map a planet that no human has stepped foot on? When it comes to cartography, a featureless planet like Mars is the ultimate cartographic challenge. With little more than craters, rocks and dust, the first humans on mars will need a map suitable for planning, navigating and survival in an alien terrain – a map that can save your life. That’s why The International Cartographic Association Commission on Planetary Cartography has compiled the best cartographic visions of Mars to date. [Planetcarto]



A recent hydrographic mapping expedition in the Black Sea has led to the accidental discovery of dozens of shipwrecks. The team of scientists behind the expedition uncovered over more than 40 wrecks while surveying the seabed near Bulgaria to understand how quickly land in the area was inundated following the last ice age 20,000 years ago. The discoveries included this medieval-aged wreck shown here as a 3D photogrammetric model. [ABC News]



Want to start making your own online maps? A quick google search will drown you in options to create webmaps. To help you navigate the maze, Geoawesomeness compiled what they believe are the top 19 geovisualisation tools, APIs and libraries that the internet has to offer. [Geoawesomeness]



In an age of mobile maps and satellite navigation, paper maps sales are surprisingly on the rebound. After almost a decade of straight decline, sales for print maps are on the rise. This turns the tide on the gloomier trends of publishing industry, suggesting maps are one paper medium that will never die out. One of the main reasons: the chance for spontaneity on the road. [BBC News]


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