Category: Map of the Week

The Land of Chocolate

  Chocolate, made from the cocoa bean, is the world’s favorite sweet. Cocoa and chocolate have influenced the world more than most realize. The lure of sweet cocoa seeds was a primary incentive for European powers to pursue colonial interests in...

I Scream for Ice Cream

  With the summer months come beach weather, traveling, and best of all, ice cream. July is nationally recognized as Ice Cream Month, and the United States is showing its love for the cold and sweet treat by talking about...

Concentration of Air Pollutants Around July 4th

Fireworks are a beloved tradition when celebrating the Fourth of July but the magical display also brings a spike in air pollution.  Fine particulate matter, which includes soot, ash and dust is emitted when fireworks go off. According to the...

Noise Complaints for Parties in New York City

New York City is known for a lot. Business, fashion, science, and entertainment are all associated with New York. One thing that New York is NOT thought of, however, is peace and quiet. From construction to emergency sirens to some...

Detroit: Industrial Ruins, Temples of Commerce

The American Geographical Society is pleased to present this month’s Map Contest winner Donna David and her map entitled “Detroit: Industrial Ruins, Temples of Commerce.” The AGS chose this map due its artistic style, creative freedom, and unique function as...

Graduation vs. Unemployment Rates

  Many colleges and universities have their commencement ceremonies in June and release their new graduates out into the working world.  However, there sometimes aren’t any jobs waiting for these grads. Some graduates are highly skilled in one specific field...

Why are there so many maps?

From the moment humans first began exploring the planet, maps have been a ubiquitous aspect of our existence. Maps exist in all cultures and facets of society and can greatly help or hinder our understanding of the world. Throughout these...

Where Love is Legal

  “Hope will never be silent.” These are the immortal words of Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist and the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office in the United States. Working in San Francisco, Milk was...

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...