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Every Tree In New York City, Mapped By Species

New York City is about as urban as urban gets, but even concrete jungles harbour leafy life. At last count, there were 592, 130 trees in the Big Apple and thanks to the efforts of Brooklyn-based designer Jill Hubley, you can now study them all in a colourful interactive map.


3D Laser Scan Shows London's Abandoned Underground Mail Rail Network

Beneath the streets of London, an underground rail network once existed to shuttle mail around the city. Decommissioned in 2003, this 3D laser scan serves to save its existence for posterity.


Beautiful Maps Will Change How You Look At The World

Sadly, the Oxford English Dictionary has yet to accept ‘cartophile‘ as the official term for a map-lover (though Urban Dictionary has no such qualms). But even if the title lacks the linguistic seal of approval, there’s no doubt that maps can be lust-worthy objects.


The Fake Places That Only Exist To Catch Copycat Mapmakers

There are fake towns, there are real towns, and then there is Agloe in upstate New York. The town was invented as a cartographical ruse in the 1930s, but it somehow ended up becoming real. Agloe’s story might be the strangest in the already strange history of copyright traps in maps.


This Lost Map Changed How We Saw The World

In 1815, William Smith drew a map of the United Kingdom which transformed the scientific landscape: It laid the foundations for modern geology, and identified natural resources which would beget the Industrial Revolution. But up until last year, this first-edition copy was considered to be lost forever.


Arctic Sea Ice Hit A Forty-Year Low This Winter

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre has just released the results of its latest analysis of Arctic sea ice. Surprise — the prognosis is not good. The maximum extent of Arctic sea ice occurred early this year, and, at 5.61 million square miles, was the smallest in four decades.


These Intricate Neighbourhoods Imagine A Suburban Sprawlpocalypse

If you grew up in the suburbs, you know the windy labyrinth of roads and driveways all too well. In these digital drawings, artist Ross Racine has constructed visions of a world where housing tracts truly know no bounds.


Map Shows The Location Of Popular Animated Movies Across The World

Though most of the real world lives in China and India and other parts of Asia, the fake animated world is almost exclusively set in the USA and Europe. Obviously, that’s because many popular animation movies are made by Western shops for Western audiences, but, hey, can the rest of the world get some animated love?


See How Data Moves With This Vintage-Inspired Map Of Submarine Cables

Do you like vintage maps? Do you like the internet? Then you’ll love this vintage-inspired world map of the underwater cables that connect the entire planet.


This Neat Map Of ISS Shows Where AstroSamantha Takes Her Space Photos

Geotagging on the International Space Station? Almost! This interactive map collects and pins all of ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti’s gorgeous orbital photos.