map fetish

I love maps and geography and looking at history and information in visual and exciting ways. This morning I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time enjoying Radical Cartography and Strange Maps. I particularly like the malls feature on radical cartography contrasted with maps such as the Ninth Census maps of America

As a student, and then last summer at Yosemite, I worked with similar projects that worked to use maps as tools for understanding history. There is enormous power in this visual representation, whether it’s for train distances in 19th century America or income inequality, to convey more information than words alone. I hope to someday actually learn some real GIS, or at least master GoogleEarth.

Science is so cool!

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One Response to “map fetish”

  1. Ben Says:

    Interesting… how does one master google earth? I never considered that there was much more to it than zooming in and looking at things.

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