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Google Maps For Mobile Now Lets Cyclists Avoid The Hills

Good news for cyclists everywhere: Google Maps for mobile now provides you with an elevation chart of its routes, so you can choose to avoid the hills — or take them on.


This Is The Most Detailed Map Of Mars' Surface Ever Made

Ever wondered how you might navigate your way across the surface of Mars, if you ever find yourself there? Well, perhaps you could use this: the most detailed map of the Red Planet’s geology ever made.


Scientists Are Mapping The Ocean's Plastic, Because 99% Is Missing

Last week, some strange news swept the science internet: Much of the plastic scientists expected to find on the ocean’s surface is gone, and no one knows exactly where it is. Now the scientists behind the research have shared a first-of-its-kind map of ocean plastic with National Geographic--and it could be key to solving the mystery.


Explore New York City According To The Music It Inspired

New York City has not only provided the backdrop for a countless songs, but it’s also birthed entire genres of music. So when you start to plot where each of these moments happened, you’re soon left with a pretty exciting guided tour of one of the world’s biggest cultural capitals. YouTube links make it even better.


This Topographic Calendar Turns Your To-Do List Into An Actual Mountain

If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed with all the work on your plate, it’s probably a bad idea to keep track of it all on this lovely calendar Land Rover has made. Using the topography elevation lines you’d find on a 2D map as inspiration, this calendar ends up looking like a genuine miniature mountain on your desk, with every day of the year represented as a new tear-away layer.


The World's Offensive Place Names, Mapped

We’ve all sat in the passenger seat, notionally giving directions to a driver and giggling at the slightly rudely named towns on the map. Fortunately, now you can find all those amusingly offensive place names, across the entire world, on one wonderfully juvenile interactive map. Maybe, perhaps, possibly a little NSFW.


Yahoo's Developing A Map Algorithm To Find The Most Beautiful Route

Sometimes you want to get from A to B as quickly as possible — but what if you want to savour the journey? Well, Yahoo has been working on an algorithm that can plot the most beautiful route, for those days when time is less of a concern.


Google Maps Update Lets You Measure Distances (Or Aimlessly Doodle)

Ever try measuring the straight-line distance between two points on Google Maps? You had to hold some object or appendage up to the little scale, then eyeball-measure the distance on your screen. What a mess. No more — a new update puts the task a right-click away. Also, you can doodle with it.


What The Tour De France Looks Like As A Train Map

This weekend, the Tour de France kicked off in Yorkshire, England, and today it will pass through London too. So this train-style chart, drawn in the style of the classic London Underground map, is a particularly apt celebration of the iconic cycle tour.


Watch How American Cities Grew Through Thousands Of Historic Maps

Good thing it’s almost the holiday weekend and you don’t need to be productive because the USGS just launched a heck of a time-wasting website. Now you can explore cities through beautiful old maps, some dating all the way back to 1884. But here’s the best part: You can mix and match many maps to tell your own geographic story.