Fun with Maps 165&166

I have been quite busy as of late so writing has taken a back seat. Work has been hectic, I’m helping plan my high school reunion, and of course we have a three month old (James is great, by the way). Now, however, it’s finally map time!

Map 165 is a fictional map from the NBC show Revolution, which aired from 2012 to 2014. I love a good map and the fictional maps from television and movies are just as amazing as the ones based on real life. Beth and I really liked Revolution but it lacked enough of a following to stay on the air past two seasons. The basic premise of the show was that all electricity and electronics on Earth stopped functioning suddenly. They get into the science backstory of it which takes a science fiction turn. Everyone still around needs to walk or ride horses to get around. Food production has become very difficult and the lack of refrigeration makes food storage a problem too. Society predictably falls apart and existing national borders lose their validity. As you can see below, the United States and the parts of Canada and Mexico visible in the map were split into smaller nations.


Apparently colored pencils were scarce in this apocalyptic world too

The series begins 15 years after the electrical blackout occurs but shows plenty of flashbacks as well. The main action begins in the Monroe Republic. Monroe is a ruthless dictator (despite the word “Republic” in his nation’s name) that was able to take over the Northeast of the former United States and Canada. The main characters, played by Billy Burke and Tracy Spiridakos, fight against Monroe and his brutal regime but eventually travel to other nations as well including the Georgia Federation, an agricultural powerhouse, the Plains Nation, and Texas. An area existed in the Western part of the continent called “Wasteland”, presumably because living in the high mountains and hot deserts would be awful without modern technology and electricity. The show clearly established a very interesting world that would have been a lot of fun to explore had the show been allowed to continue by the network. Monroe eventually fell apart and lost his nation in a coup. He survived and became a rogue, continuing to be a constant thorn in the side of the main characters. A war with Georgia, potential alliances with California, and the stubbornness of Texas made for intriguing storylines. The United States government even showed up eventually to stir things up (surprise, they had very suspicious motivations). It truly was a great show in its limited time on the air. It was on Netflix last time I checked so I’d recommend giving it a try. It could be binge-watched quite quickly.

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Global warming is a real thing. I should not need to say that but the future head of the EPA doesn’t believe it exists. That’s right, President-Elect Trump’s (shudder) pick to take over the Environmental Protection Agency, Myron Ebell, is a proud climate-change denier. 97% of the world’s scientists believe climate change is real and caused by humans. Ebell is one of the 3%. This is very, very dangerous for our planet if he’s wrong but he’ll have the full support of President Trump (shudder) who thinks global warming is a Chinese hoax to weaken American business. What these men do not believe in, however, has provided the rest of us with plenty of evidence including some represented in Map 166.


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The colors on the map show the difference between the temperature on November 17th this year and the yearly average on November 17th. The warm colors (red, orange, etc.) are warmer than average while the cool colors (blue, purple, etc.) are colder than average. Much of the map, you may notice, is warmer than average. The purple splotch over Siberia is the largest exception. The huge fiery-red area is the Northern Sea where the average temperature is 36 degrees colder. This is abnormal even under recent global warming changes. According to the experts cited in the source article on the Washington Post, this was due to a massive storm at the end of 2015 that brought an influx of warm water into the pole area. The polar ice melted when it was supposed to freezing during what is known as ‘polar night’ when the sun doesn’t rise at the North Pole. Ice eventually formed but in a smaller volume than average. Warm air has crept near the pole since this October as well and has prevented polar ice from forming yet again in 2016. The lack of ice on the surface has kept the water temperature above average as well. The scientists do a much better job of explaining the details but it also has something to do with the jet stream. I’m not a climatologist but apparently I know more than the future head of the EPA. That’s some form of accomplishment, I guess.


See you next time,


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Bonus Map Link: Time Lapse Map of Unemployment in the United States





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