Ryan Random

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Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline | Brain Pickings

Discus chronologicus by German engraver Christoph Weigel, published in the early is a paper chart with a pivoting central arm. Rings represent kingdoms, radial wedges represent centuries, and the names of kingdoms are printed on the moveable arm

Cartographies of Time: A Visual History of the Timeline | Brain Pickings

mapping time In this universal history Johannes Buno, each millennium before the birth of Christ is depicted by an image of a large allegorical being. This dragon represents the fourth millennium B.

True size of Africa

German software designer Kai Krause created a map demonstrating the true geographical size of Africa, driving the point home by fitting a number of other countries — including the US, China and most of Europe — into the outline of the continent.

Lunar Gravity Down to the Micron

The surface of the Moon just got funkier. Variations in the lunar gravity field as measured by NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) during the primary mapping mission from March to May (Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MIT/GSFC)

View of the Earth at Night - Amazing clarity

On November the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this image of city, village, and highway lights near Delhi, India.

There are 89,004 local governments in the United States

There are local governments in the United States

Sitting Kills

Sitting Kills

Sitting down, which most of us do for at least eight hours each day, might be the worst thing you could do for your health.

Interesting article on the risks of too much sitting, eventually leading to a higher chance of heart disease & ultimately early death!

Trimble attempts to go social with iMapGeo.com

Trimble attempts to go social with iMapGeo.com

The Basement Geographer

The Basement Geographer

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection: Heights Of The Principal Mountains In The World. Lengths Of The Principal Rivers In The World. F. Humphrys. Sculpt. Entered … 1846, H.N. Burroughs … Pennsylvania.

Heights Of The Principal Mountains In The World. Lengths Of The Principal Rivers In The World, S. Augustus Mitchell, 1846 From David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

The Essential Geography of the United States of America

The Best American Wall Map:. American mapmaking’s most prestigious honor is the “Best of Show” award at the annual competition of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society .

GEOnet Names Server

GEOnet Names Server cartography

Built from Goce data

The European Space Agency releases an unusual illustration of Planet Earth which describes the variation in gravity across the surface of our world.