1. littlebrumble:

    Of course, you say. Cartography is a science. What it describes should be there. And yet, I find myself a little surprised by our ability to measure, to extrapolate, to conjoin, to build a true whole from a gazillion little parts. It’s an enormous intellectual feat. And now, I’m happy to report, it’s been done again — on a scale that boggles my mind.

    This whole thing gave me chills. 

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  2. s-c-i-guy:

    600 Million Years and Counting…

    I was pretty bored so I decided to make some GIFs of the last 600 million years of our planet’s plate tectonics.

    The first GIF is a global mollewide projection. The second one is of the Colorado Plateau and the North American Southwest. The next GIF is of the entire formation of the North American Continent. The fourth GIF is of geologic and tectonic evolution of Europe. And finally the last one is the same as the first except in rectangular format.

    I obtained the images from Global Paleogeography and them compiled them one by one into Photoshop with the end result being the above GIFs.

    Geology rocks

    Waited quite some time for these here gifs

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  4. thegetty:

    How to Colonize (for Kids!), as explained by this 20th century French board game:

    1. Hoist the French flag onto your newfound soil
    2. Build a hospital
    3. Erect a school
    4. Open your harbor
    5. Reap the benefits of rich natural resources from around the world and sail back to France with goodies in tow

    This “trading game” is an example of the lasting mindset of the race to colonize. More from curator Isotta Poggi about this questionable game.

    Trading Game: France—Colonies, 1941, O.P.I.M. (Office de publicite et d’impression), Breveté S.G.D.G. Lithograph on linen, 22 7/8 x 32 1/4 in. Getty Research Institute.

    Wow. There is, for the astute, a tiny world map

    (via aliceunderskies)

  5. mediumaevum:

    Alonzo de Santa Cruz, World map 1542, manuscript (detail) - National library of Sweden

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

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  7. biblipeacay:

    Suprema Regio Athmosphaeræ’ 1739 by Johann Balthasar Gutwein —- Volume 1 of 'Geographia Naturalis Absoluta, Sive Architectura Terraquae, Et Mundi Sublunaris Ab Authore Naturae Condita' [source]

    {The mention of “Kircherum” in the image means that it’s at least modelled after Athanasius Kircher’s 'Mundus Subterraneum' (1665) [see here] .

  8. Im curious about this simpiler world

    (Source: white-5)

  9. seafaringgypsy:

    For the anon asking about my most personal tattoo…

    This is it. I initially had the first outline done in June of 2001 in Singapore. Just a few months before 9/11 when the nature of my U.S. military service would forever change.

    I wanted a Navy tattoo but I didn’t want a traditional Navy tattoo, settling instead on something nautical related to my then-career field, navigation.

    At first I simply thought it was a cool idea. Then the metaphor changed and it did feel as if I was carrying the weight of the world on my back. Since then, that burden has lifted, and I felt it appropriate to get the map filled in, colored, tea-stained, on a torn map.

    (via fuckyeahcartography)

  10. mapsontheweb:

    Global Terrorism Index