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Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas

Ostrich Egg Globe Has Oldest Depiction Of The Americas Aug 20th, 2013 at 12:15PM: Used with permission of The Portolan, copyright Washington Map Society A depiction of the world engraved on an ostrich egg in 1504 may be the oldest depiction of the Americas, the Washington Post reports. The globe, which was purchased by an anonymous collector at the 2012 London Map Fair, shows the rough outline of South America, along with bits of the Caribbean and North America as small...

Mapping An Unexplored Cave

Mapping An Unexplored Cave Jun 23rd, 2013 at 11:00AM: © Dr Michel Royon, Wikimedia Commons Want to be an explorer? Want to see places nobody has ever seen? You have three options: become an astronaut, become a deep-sea diver or become a caver. The first isn't going to happen for a man my age and the second is expensive, so it's a good thing I live in one of the best regions in the world to do the third. Cantabria in northern Spain has a large...

Teaching Geography With Google Maps

Teaching Geography With Google Maps Jan 27th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Travelers aren't born, they're raised. Last week we talked about how to connect with your kids while you're away traveling. There are plenty of ways to get them interested in this great big world of ours while you're both at home too. One of the best and easiest ways to fire their imagination is with Google Maps. Like many good ideas in our family, my seven-year-old son thought of it...

VIDEO: Vintage Cartography Film Caught Mapping

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Earliest Map Naming America Discovered

Earliest Map Naming America Discovered Jul 4th, 2012 at 8:00AM: A copy of the earliest map that names America has been discovered. The map was created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507 based on explorers' accounts. Only four copies are known to exist, but a fifth has just been discovered inside a 19th century book at the Ludwig Maximilian University library in Munich. This map is slightly different than the others and appears to...

'Scratcher' Travel Map For Visual Boasting

'Scratcher' Travel Map For Visual Boasting May 10th, 2012 at 12:00PM: "A map of the world begins with all the land masses having a brassy sheen, but that metallic surface scratches off like a lottery ticket to keep track of your travel destinations." Like you don't want one. I want one and I'm neither a compulsive list maker nor one of those "I've been everywhere, man" people. The "Where I've Been" Scratch Map Travel Edition is $25.00 on Fredflare....

10 art maps to inspire your next adventure

10 art maps to inspire your next adventure Jan 29th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Wanderlust is a condition afflicting many of us here at Gadling. But what's a world traveler to do when she or he is in homesteading mode between trips? Start planning the Next Big Adventure, naturally, with the help of some cartography-inspired home art. The following ten art maps have elevated the art of cartography with screen printing, line drawing, quirky takes on familiar forms, and...

My kid is more up-to-date on geography than Google Maps

My kid is more up-to-date on geography than Google Maps Sep 23rd, 2011 at 5:00PM: "Where's South Sudan?" my five-year-old asked me. Being my kid, he's big into maps. He has a map of Africa with all the flags on it hanging above his bed. Using it, he's been able to trace dad's adventures in Ethiopia and Somaliland. It's been marked up a bit since I got it for him more than a year ago. I had to draw the boundary of the unrecognized state of Somaliland on it, and we had to add...

Gallipoli battlefield being mapped by GPS

Gallipoli battlefield being mapped by GPS Apr 24th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Archaeologists in Turkey are making a detailed survey of the famous World War One battle of Gallipoli. Using period military maps and GPS technology, they're mapping the old trenches and redoubts used by both sides. Gallipoli was the scene of fierce fighting starting in 1915. A peninsula with highlands dominating the Dardanelles strait linking the Black and the Aegean seas, it guarded the...

Ordnance Survey maps: sometimes government CAN do a great job

Ordnance Survey maps: sometimes government CAN do a great job Dec 22nd, 2010 at 3:30PM: The BBC recently interviewed a cartographer for the Ordnance Survey. This government department is in charge of mapping the United Kingdom, except for Northern Ireland, which has its own agency. If you like maps or plan to hike in the UK, the Ordnance Survey maps are simply amazing. They've been measuring and drawing this green and pleasant land since the eighteenth century and produce the best...

BBC mapping tool Dimensions creates unique mashups

BBC mapping tool Dimensions creates unique mashups Oct 30th, 2010 at 3:30PM: Ever wondered about the size of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome? Or the how long the infamous Running of the Bulls route is in Spain? The BBC has a great new mapping tool, called Dimensions, to help give visitors and interesting perspective on these unique sights, historical marvels and famous events. Dimensions drops the outline of famous cities, tourist hot-spots and historical points of interest...

Mystery hitchhiker becomes poster child for National Library of Wales

Mystery hitchhiker becomes poster child for National Library of Wales Oct 6th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Have you seen this man? This is Islwyn Roberts, who was photographed in 1958 by Welsh newspaper Y Cymro as he set off to hitchhike around the world. It was a different world back then--flying was only for the rich, and many countries were sealed off behind the Iron Curtain. Mr. Roberts would have seen traditions and cultures that have all but died out today. It must have been an amazing...

The East Highland Way day four: Pictish forts and empty wilderness

The East Highland Way day four: Pictish forts and empty wilderness Aug 25th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Views like this reassure me that I'm doing the right thing with my life. It's day four of my trek along the East Highland Way in Scotland, and the terrain is getting increasingly rugged. My trip today will take me through the most remote part of my walk. But before I go, I have an archaeological wonder to see first. I head to a hill overlooking the village of Laggan to visit Dun-Da-Lamh, a...

Scientists explore "Robin Hood's prison"

Scientists explore Jun 10th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Scientists in Nottingham, England, are studying nearly 500 man-made caves under the city and surrounding countryside. Some of the caves, hewn into the soft sandstone by generations of laborers, date back to the early Middle Ages. They were used for businesses, storage, shelter, and one is reputed to have been the prison of Robin Hood. The Nottingham Caves Survey is mapping the caves with a 3D...

First map to name America goes on display at Library of Congress

First map to name America goes on display at Library of Congress Nov 2nd, 2009 at 9:30AM: Visitors to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., have a rare opportunity to see the first map that used the name "America" for the New World. The Library has the only surviving copy of the famous Waldseemüller map, created in 1507 by Martin Waldseemüller, a German cartographer living in France. The map was a major departure from earlier maps in that it relied less on the...

The most accurate world map available as a free download

The most accurate world map available as a free download Jul 17th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Finally, our tax dollars going to something cool. The folks at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, along with NASA and the Japanese government, have come together to make the world's most accurate topo map. And it's available for free! The ASTER project, which stands for Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (say that ten times fast) is a minutely detailed look at the...

Subway map for interplanetary travel

Subway map for interplanetary travel Jan 12th, 2009 at 9:30AM: Traveling the galaxy? This handy map simplifies the solar system for you. Well, sort of. You have to know some things about the universe. More than I know. Actually, it makes me want to learn more. How come I don't know what Norma and Cygnus are, and that there's an express line that runs between them? Here's something else I didn't know: The first subway map of this style was London's Tube Map...

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