Fun with Maps 91&92

Puppy Update: Maeby is doing just fine six days after eating a bunch of raisins. Grapes and raisins are quite toxic to dogs (although veterinarians admit no one knows what part of the grape causes problems and not all dogs are affected). We brought her to the emergency vet for two days of (expensive) monitoring and IV fluids and I’m happy to say, following another exam yesterday morning, Maeby shows no signs of kidney damage or other ill effects! Hooray! She does have three legs that are partially shaved so they could put in an IV but that’s the punishment she deserves for eating trail mix that was clearly not for her. Now for some maps!

Map 91 shows the Administrative Regions of Senegal. After posting Fun with Maps 89&90 last weekend, my good friend Barbara questioned Map 90 via Facebook. She’s currently in Senegal working with the Peace Corps and wondered how old the map of the Natural Vegetation of Africa was. It turns out it’s from 1986! I unknowingly used a 30 year old map. The desertification of Northern Africa has changed the actual landscape dramatically in that time period. Barbara tells me that much of Senegal is now dessert (in reality if not in full scientific classification). The village where she has lived for two years in the Kolda region (South of The Gambia) was forested twenty years ago. Now the forest is a half hour walk away.

Map 91

If you’re like me, you probably want a closer look at the Kolda region where Barbara is living. Here’s a link to her blog, Barbara Peace Corps, because I believe her good work deserves to be publicized to the hundreds (hundreds?), okay, the 13-14 people that might read this. Her blog has a ton of good stuff, even maps! Below is a map of the Kolda region that Barbara and her colleagues painted on the wall of a public building in a nearby village.


Photo courtesy of my awesome friend Barbara


How cool is that?! This is one of many murals painted by Barbara and other volunteers. In addition to maps of Kolda and Africa as a whole, there are murals depicting local plants and animals, parts of the human body, and the symptoms of malaria. The idea is to teach as many people as possible about these things so if they see someone presenting signs they can seek help as soon as possible. See? I told you Barbara and the Peace Corps are doing great work!


Photo courtesy of my fabulous friend Barbara


I wanted to include a map of Senegal in this Fun with Maps series when Barbara commented on my last post. I was embarrassed by my use of a thirty year old vegetation map but pleased as punch (as they say) that someone actually living in Africa noticed the differences created by time and brought them to my attention. If any of my readers ever notice something off about the maps I post or have miscellaneous comments, I welcome all!

Map 92 concerns global warming. I’ve covered this topic before because it is interesting and scary as hell. It was top of mind, of course, because of the desertification of Senegal. Map 92

This little red map of our blue/green planet represents temperature anomalies in March, 2016. This past month was the hottest March on record since records of temperature were first kept in 1880. The human race sure has accomplished a lot in the past 136 years. Meanwhile, planet Earth has been warming up, mostly due to the aforementioned accomplishments. One of the accomplishments I’m still looking forward to seeing is the solution to global warming! The Arctic, North America, and Russia had the most extreme anomalies in March but there are plenty of hot spots planet-wide.

Global Warming

There’s a lot of data in the article where I found this map so I recommend checking out the source. What more can I say about Global Warming that the data cannot say much, much better?


Bryan Signature 2



Bonus Map Link: Please enjoy this article about Inuit Cartography.



Washington Post

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