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The Rakke Compass
What might look like a cliffside sacrificial altar at first glance is actually a stone compass pointing to cities and lighthouses all around the world.
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The Case for Making European Boundary Stones Into a World Heritage Site
Could surveying be recognized as one of the world's wonders?
March 21, 2017
Surveying Like George Washington
Join us for a guided walking tour of Alexandria through the eyes of our first president, where as a teenager he worked as a surveyor.
This Map Charts the Complex Landscape of an Artist's Face
In 1973, the Israeli artist Michael Druks created an unconventional self-portrait.
March 13, 2017
Behold the Erdapfel, the World's Oldest Surviving Globe
It's got the beauty, but not the brains.
March 01, 2017
The Mysteries of the First-Ever Map of the North Pole
Gerard Mercator's 16th-century attempt at mapping the Arctic includes such guesses as a giant whirlpool and polar pygmies.
February 27, 2017
Humans Are Responsible for 84 Percent of Wildfires in the U.S.
Only in the mountainous west was lightning a more common cause, a new paper reports.
February 27, 2017
A Growing Archive of Global Street Music
Since it launched in 2014, Daniel Bacchieri's Street Music Map has recorded the locations of some 1,200 artists spread across 93 countries.
February 24, 2017
The Starting Point of the U.S. Public Land Survey
After covering almost 1.5 billion acres, the survey's still not finished.
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George Washington's Own 1793 Map of Mount Vernon
Before he was the first U.S. president, Washington surveyed the lands of colonial America.
February 20, 2017
The Enduring Mystery of the 'Fool's Cap Map of the World'
The full meaning of this 16th-century illustration may never be understood.
February 13, 2017
When Land Surveys Were a Modern Marvel
In 1784, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton squared off over the best way to divvy up newly American territory.
February 09, 2017
Washington Mini Monument
There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole nearby.
Added by Elliot Carter
The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants
It was produced by the Council Against Intolerance in the lead up to World War II.
February 06, 2017
How to Learn Geography With Your Hands
For the past couple of centuries, tactile maps—geographic aids for the blind—have been as beautiful as they are effective.
February 03, 2017
Why the London of British Literature Barely Changed for 200 Years
An innovative mapping project uncovers just how limited the literary version of the city has often been.
February 02, 2017
New York, New York
Spotlight on Broadway Map
A 28-foot granite map embedded in a Times Square traffic island plots the locations of all 40 Broadway theaters.
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The Stunning Early Infographics and Maps of the 1800s
Educational diagrams of scientific discoveries, from the moon's surface to the longest rivers.
January 30, 2017
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