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See more at Mapping London
After an extremely dry stretch from December through mid-February, a few storms found their way to the drought-stricken California coast late this winter. Unfortunately they were only enough to make a small dent in large water deficits that have built up since the 2011-12 water year. As the North Pacific winter storm season recedes, there is little likelihood for substantial drought recovery. Dry weather has taken hold over the region, increasing water demands and melting mountain snowpack.
(Read more: NOAA Climate.gov)
One man’s quest to honor the once-mighty Muslim Tatar state.
Over the last few months it seems that maps have been all the rage. We here at List25 decided to jump on the bandwagon and highlight some of our favorites. These are 25 maps that will change the way you see the world.
Empowered by technology and the dedication of the community to revitalize their city, the Motor City Mapping Project surveyed every piece of land in Detroit in a mere five weeks.
In Detroit, this winter was the worst ever. Not only was the weather brutal, with more than six feet of snow and the harshest conditions of any city in the country, but the city was also grappling with the psychological and economic toll of the massive municipal bankruptcy filed last June.
None of that stopped a crew of 225 people, including 150 citizen temporary employees, from participating in a remarkable feat that will help rebuild their hometown. In a mere 36 days in January and February, they mapped each and every instance of blight of an infamously blighted city, across every last property parcel, all 380,000 of them.”
Learn more at Fast Company
“The old maps represent an epic cartographic blunder, but they also contain a kernel of truth, the writer Rebecca Solnit argued in a recent essay. “An island is anything surrounded by difference,” she wrote. And California has always been different — isolated by high mountains in the east and north, desert in the south, and the ocean to the west, it has a unique climate and ecology. It’s often seemed like a place apart in other ways too, from the Gold Rush, to the hippies, to the tech booms of modern times.”
Read more at Wired’s Map Lab
This was a weather map drawn back on April 18, 1880, showing the weather at 1AM Eastern for every weather station in the United States. Less than 24 hours later, dozens of tornadoes would tear across the central United States, killing over 100 people.
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These maps come from an atlas that accompanied the 1908 scientific report attempting to explain the causes and effects of the San Francisco earthquake, titled The California Earthquake of April 18, 1906: Report of the State Earthquake Investigation Committee. The two maps use the data that the commission collected to represent the earthquake’s intensity geographically.
See and read more at Slate
From here on Earth, the planet Kepler-186f is a faint spot in the chaotic and twinkling universe. Its star is dim and far, far away.
But Kepler-186f is making headlines on Earth because, despite its distance, it looks a lot like our own planet.
The Kepler-186 system is in the constellation Cygnus, which stargazers will know as the easy-to-spot swan in the northern hemisphere’s summertime sky.
From a human perspective, that makes it unusual. Kepler-186f is the first Earth-like planet in the habitable zone around its star that scientists have ever found. (!)
“Aloisius Edouard Camille Gaultier, a French Catholic priest working as a tutor in England in the late eighteenth century, created this chart to aid students in shaping geographical questions. This chart, which is a basic decision tree, shows what kinds of queries should be grouped together (questions about political status, for example, all flow in one “branch”), and offers a simple hierarchy of types of geographical information.”