In his biography of the Flemish cartographer Gerard Mercator, the English writer and geographer Nicholas Crane notes that "maps codify the miracle of existence." Or, as the author Tony Horowitz says, "“I am an agnostic on most matters of faith, but on the subject of maps I have always been a true believer. It is on the map, therefore it is, and I am.” We agree. Maps are one of those endlessly fascinating phenomena. Yet in this age of easily-accessible, easily-updated digital maps, it takes a unique example of the cartographer's craft to really pull us in. Below are a few examples of maps that we've found particularly engaging; click on any of the images to learn more.
New York today versus New York 1836
Map of which side of the road people drive on.
Density and World Population
Mapping New York City: Handmade
Map of everyone in America by race
The Best(?) Laid Plans
Geology of National Parks
Finally, a bit of current events trivia: think you know where Damascus, Syria is located? Prove it.