Maps in the News

Endonym Map

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Maps in the News | 3 comments

Endonym Map

The Endonym map titles the countries on it with the native names in the native language of that country. Sort of. This map is a work in progress, an attempt to do that as accurately as possible by the person in charge on Endoymmap.com, who welcomes your comments. (Thanks to my friend Marcia for leading me to this map.) Endonyms are a bit complex and very interesting. You can read more about them here http://basementgeographer.com. About Endonyms (from http://endonymmap.com/) An endonym is the name for a place, site or location in the language of the people who live there. These names may be...

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Maps in the News

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Maps in the News | 2 comments

Maps in the News

The Corporate States of America, A Map of the Most Famous Brands From Each State This is a great one. How many of you could have told me what brand was biggest in your state? I live in Colorado, and I could have guessed Coors because it is near my house and the Coors family throws one of their kin into the political ring every election. We cannot forget about them. And I come from California, so Apple is not a surprise. But Dr. Pepper in Texas? Really? I love it that people make maps like this. My sister and I just finished making many, many maps for our new book (out May 2014). We pushed...

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Cartographic Comparisons

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Maps in the News | 1 comment

Cartographic Comparisons

Kai Krause, a computer-graphics guru, caused a stir a few years ago with a map entitled “The True Size of Africa”, which showed the outlines of other countries crammed into the outline of the African continent. The goal was to make “a small contribution in the fight against rampant Immappancy.” Kai coined this phrase “immappancy”, meaning insufficient geographical knowledge. HA! We are all guilty. Did you have any idea that the world’s largest countries could actually fit inside Africa? Long lasting incorrect visual maps have trained our brains to see Africa as...

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Newspaper Map

Posted by on Feb 6, 2013 in Maps in the News | 2 comments

Newspaper Map

Today’s map for Maps in the News is just that, a newspaper map. It is an interactive map of the locations of all the newspapers left in the world. There are bright buttons all over it, and the legend to the right shows the color code for each language. There are also  filters by language to make it easy as pie to plan your trip around the availability of newspapers you can actually read. There appear to be no newspapers in Greenland. Click on the map to take you to the interactive version. I have no idea who is making this map, or I would tell you. Let me know if you figure it out....

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Pronounce Wisconsin Map

Posted by on Jan 2, 2013 in Maps in the News | 8 comments

Pronounce Wisconsin Map

Today I am launching my “Maps in the News” Wednesdays with a map close to my heart. Many of you know I have had the great pleasure of teaching in Wisconsin for about five years now, from Cedarburg to Muscoda and some places in between. Wisconsin seeped into my heart, both because I am very fond of some of its residents, and because it is just plain interesting. However, the place names in Wisconsin are set up to separate the wheat from the chaff: the locals from the intruders in other words. No one, but no one not born and bred in that state could figure out how to pronounce some...

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Maps in the News: 12/2012

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Maps in the News | 1 comment

Maps in the News: 12/2012

Near my growing-up-house in Orange County, which the rest of the country (not the residents) believe is a part of Los Angeles County, Realtor Matthew Greenberg found tens of thousands of maps stashed in a 948-square-foot Mount Washington cottage. He was told to throw away whatever he found in order to sell the place. Thank goodness he didn’t. John Feathers lived in the  cottage and obsessively collected old and new maps. Feathers died last February and the property needed to be sold. Greenberg, the realtor, walked in a saw this stash of cartographic wonder and reported it to the estate...

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