Best of the Blogs – 11 October 2016

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


A new series of articles entitled “Map of the Internet” explores and charts the global infrastructure that enables these very words to appear on your screen from anywhere in the world. Behind the map is the story of how the internet has evolved rapidly in recent year thanks to the increasing demand for bandwidth pushed by the video streaming industry. In all, Quartz has published eleven in-depth articles exploring how this almost invisible infrastructure is fast becoming the one we are most dependent upon. [Quartz]



For a geo-geek, spatial awareness is a fundamental element to any journey. Therefore anytime a novel, game or movie takes place in a fictional world, there’s probably a map available to help better comprehend and appreciate it. With this in mind, Geoawesomeness compiled the 10 maps of the most memorable fictional worlds, including the above map from Grand Theft Auto 6, one of many games in which the map closley defines gameplay. [Geoawesomeness]



As one of the deadliest storms in history, Hurricane Matthew this week caused quite more than a stir in the Caribbean and parts of the United States. Maps Mania collated the maps and visualisations that give you a sense of the beast that was Hurricane Matthew. [Google Maps Mania]



The ambitious ‘Unclimbed’ project seeks to combine high altitude climbing with the latest 3D mapping technology. Assisted by an Esri story map and 3D modelling, the team of three will attempt to climb two unclimbed mountains named after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Using the maps, readers can also follow how the journey unfolds. When it seemed impossible to continue, for example, the team crowdsourced intelligence to examine aerial imagery and discover an alternate route. [Finding Life]



The enormous San Andreas Fault in California is certainly one of the most well-known fault line in the world. Seismologists put the chances of it producing another major earthquake at nearly 100%. So it comes as something of a shock that seismologists have just now discovered a second fault touching it. This article maps that fault and raises the question, is the next major quake likely to be even bigger than predicted? [Big Think]


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