Fun with Maps 231&232

Map 231 goes down under. It goes so far down, in fact, that it’s down under the Australian mainland. I’m talking, of course, of the island of Tasmania. Tasmania is known best for the popular Looney Tune known as the Tasmanian Devil (above right), which was loosely based on a real carnivorous marsupial found on…

Fun with Maps 229&230

Map 229 is of the Denver Light Rail Network, known as the RTD. It popped up on Facebook recently because a guy I went to high school with now lives out there. He was sharing a link with directions to Red Rocks Amphitheater (he’s an avid concert-goer), a beautiful outdoor venue built into the natural rock surroundings of Morrison, Colorado.…

Fun with Maps 227&228

Football Edition! Football season is back! I’m quite excited, even if the National Football League arrives around the same time as colder weather, the school year, and an over-abundance of pumpkin spice (the one with snow bothers me a hell of a lot more than the others). Although the NFL isn’t perfect (racial issues, players committing…

Fun with Maps 225&226

Map 225 is weather related again (because climate change is a real, very serious thing). This one comes from FiveThirtyEight and shows a well-traveled stretch of sea in the Atlantic. Apparently, hurricanes and tropical storms often follow the same path from across the ocean toward the many tropical islands of the Caribbean and the Southeastern coast of the United States. Each line is a…

Fun with Maps 223&224

Map 223 is about weather, which is on my mind because of Hurricane Harvey. The category four hurricane reached land last night and is now dumping several inches of rain upon Texas and Louisiana. The map below was found on the National Weather Service’s website. Harvey has been in the news a lot this week as the people…

Fun with Maps 221&222

Map 221 is going to be very popular tomorrow. This map from CNN shows the path of Monday’s solar eclipse. The bright blue line in the middle is the path of the eclipse’s totality, meaning where the moon will perfectly align with the sun causing near-total darkness to fall upon the Earth (only the sun’s corona will…

Fun with Maps 219&220

Map 219 makes me nervous. Global warming has claimed another victim. No, it wasn’t a human, but an ice shelf. A large portion of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica broke off. The resulting iceberg, one of the largest ever recorded, is roughly 120 miles long, almost 1000 feet thick, and weighs over a trillion metric tons. That’s…