New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use

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When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. I found, tucked in almost every issue, one of the magazine’s gorgeous maps—of the Moon, St. Petersburg, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe’s ever-shifting boundaries.

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New Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’

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In September we told you about trillions of satellite images of Earth, generated by the Landsat, that are now available to the public.
Now we can share an interactive tool that is using some of those Landsat images to stop illegal deforestation.

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Jack Kerouac’s On The Road Turned Into Google Driving Directions & Published as a Free eBook

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A couple weeks ago, Colin Marshall highlighted for you Jack Kerouac’s Hand-Drawn Map of the Hitchhiking Trip Narrated in On the Road. Now we have another Kerouacian map for you — a map for our times.

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The Tom Waits Map: A Mapping of Every Place Waits Has Sung About, From L.A. to Africa’s Jungles

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“And what becomes of all the little boys who never comb their hair? They’re lined up all around the block, on the Nickel over there.

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The University of Richmond Animates the 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

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In 1902, the newly established Carnegie Institution of Washington set out to develop “a really first rate atlas of American history.” Work on the atlas began in earnest in 1912, under the direction of the naval historian Charles O. Paullin, who spent the better part of the next 15 years bringing it to life.

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An Interactive Map of Odysseus’ 10-Year Journey in Homer’s Odyssey

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The Odyssey, one of Homer’s two great epics, narrates Odysseus’ long, strange trip home after the Trojan war.

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Henry David Thoreau’s Hand-Drawn Map of Cape Cod (1866)

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Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1866:
“Wishing to get a better view than I had yet had of the ocean, which, we are told, covers more than two thirds of the globe, but of which a man who lives a few miles inland may never see any trace…I have spent, in all, about three weeks on the Cape; walked from Eastham to Provincetown twice on the Atl

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Watch World War II Rage Across Europe in a 7 Minute Time-Lapse Film: Every Day From 1939 to 1945

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The Second World War was waged over six long years on every continent save South America and Antarctica.

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Vladimir Nabokov Creates a Hand-Drawn Map of James Joyce’s Ulysses

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Just above you’ll find a sketched-out map of the paths Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom took through Dublin on June 16, 1904.

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Do You Drink Soda, Pop or Soft Drinks?: 122 Heatmaps Visualize How People Talk in America

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Americans use words differently in different regions of the country—a “moot” or “mute” point? There’s a grammatical argument to be made here for sure, but for a simple yes or no answer check out a series of new maps released by statistician Joshua Katz.

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