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Forests in the U.S. were mapped down to a scale of 30 meters, or roughly 10 computer display pixels for every hectare of land (4 pixels per acre). They divided the country into 66 mapping zones and ended up mapping 265 million segments of the American land surface. Kellndorfer estimates that their mapping database includes measurements of about five million trees.

"Since 1600, 90% of the virgin forests that once covered much of the lower 48 states have been cleared away. Most of the remaining old-growth forests in the lower 48 states and Alaska are on public lands. In the Pacific Northwest about 80% of this forestland is slated for logging. "

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Wind Map of the U.S. Will Blow You Away

Wind Map by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg is updated hourly from the National Weather Service’s forecast database. Wind information is portrayed as white and grey strands, almost like sand or rivulets of mercury. Check out the unbelievable streaming images of North East today! via mashable #Wind_Map

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Italy Wine Map

Italian Wine Regions Map: Want to visit an Italian winery someday, this is a map of wines grown in Italy.

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27 Pictures That Will Change The Way You Look At The World

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US Megaregions - 2050. Most of nation's rapid population growth, and an even larger share of its economic expansion, is expected to occur in 10+ emerging megaregions. Megaregions are defined by layers of relationships that together define a common interest; this common interest, in turn, forms basis for policy decisions: • Environmental systems and topography • Infrastructure systems • Economic linkages • Settlement patterns and land use • Shared culture and history

The Kuroshio or 'Black Current' in the Pacific Ocean is a strong western boundary current, the equivalent of the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic, which for thousands of years has swept shipwrecked Japanese sailors onto American shores. via #Black_Current #Kuroshio #Oceanography #smithsonianmag