Louisiana is drowning, quickly
“In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.
And it’s going to get worse, even quicker.
Scientists now say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion over the next 50 years, so far unabated and largely unnoticed.”
“Did the astronauts aboard the International Space Station snap a photo of where you live from orbit? Now you can find out, thanks to an interactive map of more than 650 pictures that the astronauts shared with the world on Twitter.”
3 maps that show school segregation in the US
“In nearly all states, white students go to school with other white students, and black students go to school with black students. You can see that segregation in these maps from the Urban Institute.
The vast majority of white students, for example, attend majority white schools:”
See them all at Vox
Geography of Fortune 1000 Companies in 2014
“very year, the magazine Fortune ranks companies in the United States based on publicly reported revenues. Called the Fortune 1000, this list is the top 1000 corporations in the U.S. based solely on revenue. The Fortune 500 is a subset of those companies holding the top 500 positions.
The rankings for the 2014 Fortune 1000 companies were geocoded based on the addresses of those company headquarters. The rankings are current as of August 12, 2014 when they were extracted from the Fortune 500 list (which, despite the page title, lists records for the complete Fortune 1000 list). The Fortune 1000 companies were mapped out in order to understand the answers to such questions as which states have the most Fortune 1000 companies and where are there geographic clusters of Fortune 1000 companies. The headquarters for each company was geocoded via Google Fusion. An interactive map showing those locations can be found at the bottom of this article. I have made the full list of the Fortune 1000 companies for 2014 available and the page includes a link to download a CSV of the lists which includes lat/long coordinates. Also see the Geography of Fortune 1000 Companies in 2000 for an earlier perspective.”
See more at GeoLounge
One apartment’s Wi-Fi dead zones, mapped with a physics equation
A doctoral student does the math on where his Wi-Fi is, and isn’t.
“A home’s Wi-Fi dead zones are, to most of us, a problem solved with guesswork. Your laptop streams just fine in this corner of the bedroom, but not the adjacent one; this arm of the couch is great for uploading photos, but not the other one. You avoid these places, and where the Wi-Fi works becomes a factor in the wear patterns of your home. In an effort to better understand, and possibly eradicate, his Wi-Fi dead zones, one man took the hard way: he solved the Helmholtz equation.”
Learn more at http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/08/mapping-wi-fi-dead-zones-with-physics-and-gifs/
Here’s Where You Need to Sit to Catch a Foul Ball
“It’s a dream of nearly every kid and awkward grown-up lugging a baseball glove to a professional ballpark: snagging a foul ball and grabbing a little bit of Major League glory for themselves. And while the “Moneyball” spirit has taken over baseball, making every inch and move on the diamond now subject to measurement, how can those in the stands take advantage of Big Data?
That’s where IdealSeat, an app that tracks what happens off the field, has stepped in, providing a definitive answer to an age-old question: where’s the best place to sit to catch a foul ball or a home run?”
The Patchwork Maps That Helped Prospectors Track Mining Claims in the American West
“These maps were part of a Pocket Mining Atlas, compiled by Edwin Bolitho for theEngineering and Mining Journal and printed in 1880 in New York. The atlas was available to prospectors (or any other interested parties) for the price of a dollar. (The remaining maps from Bolitho’s atlas can be seen on the David Rumsey Map Collection website.) “
Via Slate’s The Vault
Creating the Idea of Europe Through Maps
“ The “Queen Europa” map (1570), derived from the aesthetic appetites of Renaissance, by Sebastian Munster depicts the continent of Europe as feminine—her head forming the Iberian peninsula, France and Germany her chest, Italy and Denmark her arms, and other countries filling the rest of her legless torso. This anthropomorphism is nothing new. It derives from the Greeks. After the transfiguration of Christianity under Constantine. Europe haply adopted the synthesis of the narrative of the myths and Christianity. Europe. If one examines the map in this context, Europe appears to be the embodiment of the Church itself, which in the Scripture is annotated as feminine. Queen Europa is holding the “orb” of the Church from her right arm—Italy—and the scepter of power, which extends from Denmark through the northern most border of Scotland. Whereas this somewhat symbolic rendering of Europe as such is certainly not a political map it does, however, exonerate much about how Europe sees itself presiding in respect to the rest of the world.”
See more at http://paulrogov.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/1802/