Category: Map of the Week

3D-Mapping Denali and the Alaska Range

“This Denali panorama was inspired by Austrian landscape panoramist and cartographer Heinrich Berann. The 2016 renaming of North America’s highest peak to its Alaska Native name, meaning “the great one,” motivated this map. The grandness of Denali and rugged expansiveness...

Endangered Species

The Earth is currently losing species at 1,000 to 10,000 the natural rate, according to estimates from the Center for Biological Diversity. This massive escalation in endangerment and extinction means that habitats around the world stand to lose critical species...

Girl Power: Women Closing the Government Gap

According to the Economist’s Intelligence Unit, about half of the world’s countries are governed by a “full” or “flawed” democracy, while another fifth is under a “hybrid regime.” Under these systems, one would hope that a historical pattern of women...

Flower Power in Fifty States

Today, April 13th, is International Plant Appreciation Day! In honor of this global holiday, we explore the flora appreciated in each of the USA’s 50 states. Flower’s are starting to bloom all around the country, which one is special to...

Megacities and Mega Emissions

This past Tuesday, National Geographic released an in depth case study on Dubai’s work to become the most sustainable city in the world. Considering the cities’ culture of excess – an indoor ski slope is just where it starts – many...

Mapping Million Dollar Earnings on Jeopardy…

On this day in 1964, March 30th, one of the mainstays of American entertainment would begin; as Jeopardy aired its first ever competition. 53 years later, it has been hailed as the greatest game show of all time by TV Guide.  Since...

Speaking for the Trees

The loss of forests is an issue that could have potentially far-reaching effects. Forests help absorb greenhouse gases, are crucial to the water cycle, and support 80% of the world’s land plants and animals (National Geographic). The type of destruction which...

Losing Their Best and Brightest

Which countries are losing their highly educated? Commonly referred to as a “brain drain,” there is a global worry that countries which lose their highly educated also suffer in their development (OECD). This human capital issue can then be potentially...