Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Vietnam, Past Is Prologue

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's  exhibit Vietnam, Past Is Prologue features some beautiful, creative maps from artist Tiffany Chung.
Operation Lam Son 719, 30 Jan – 6 April 1971

The exhibit highlights the experiences of former refugees from Vietnam where Chung grew up and experienced the war. Her work re-maps memories that were denied in official records. The round bead-like shapes may be troops or civilians or both.
Easter Offensive 1972 – NVA attacks of MR IV
All maps are done with acrylic, ink and oil paints. Here are boat trajectories from the exodus out of Vietnam.
Reconstructing an exodus history boat trajectories in Asia, 2017
Operation Lam Son 719, Feb 1971 – Operation Dewey Canyon II & the attack toward Khe Sahn
Operation Lam Son 719, Feb 1971 – ARVN

For more on the artist and many more maps see her page at Tyler Rollins Fine Art. The exhibition runs through September 2, 2019.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Moon Landings

National Geographic produced a beautiful visualization of the moon landings. Here is a detail showing the Apollo 11 landing 50 years ago along with other landings.
Blue dots are American landings and red Russian. Like many of their graphics the whole thing is dense with information.
I like the timeline in the corner showing the early missions (US missions are blue, Russian red, X marks failed missions-they get fewer as time goes on).
Here are the more recent and planned missions including many more colors for many more nations, including India, The European Space Agency, Israel, China, Japan and South Korea.
The pink and purple colors in the corners show lunar topography on both sides of the moon. The entire graphic and more can be seen here on

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Grab Bag

Here's a bunch of random maps. They won't "change the way you see the world" like so many other clickbait-y sites claim. They're just kind of interesting, or pretty, or something. Click on the map for the original source and higher resolution.

Meat Production on Ranches - via Pearson Education though I lost the link.
Tasmania's cartographic revenge - via Reddit

WestJet Destinations, 2000 featuring a Canada without Montreal or Toronto.

Proposed development of Toronto's industrial waterfront, 1910
- via Toronto Public Library

Saloons, free theatre and "houses of ill fame" in Buffalo, 1893. If you're looking for this neighborhood, it's basically been torn down and replaced with expressways. Easy access from the Children's museum though.

Geo-Eye (Mount Inasa), 2015 by Takahiro Iwasaki carved on a roll of vinyl electrical tape. Iwasaki is a Hiroshima-based artist. Mount Inasa is in Nagasaki.
Where Europe and Asia would fit in North America climate-wise - via askthebirds
Tourism map - where to see whales, seabirds and icebergs in Newfoundland And Labrador - issuu.
Whales and dolphins in Costa Rica - via Enter Costa Rica

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

NBA Attendance

I made this map as part of a software tutorial (this explains why it still needs work), but mainly as an appropriate map subject for the Kawhi North Arrow. I'm not a big basketball follower but when I saw the picture of Kawhi Leonard with his "North" jersey and arms raised I thought it made the perfect north arrow. I put it out on Twitter and way more people liked it than the usual junk I tweet out.

The source of the data is here on ESPN. I was almost as excited as Kawhi to see my 76ers at the top of the list - we finally won something!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Bee Pollination

I'm a few days late for National Pollinator Week but here it is...

The map no longer appears to be on National Geographic's web site but here is a more readable image (if you click it for the larger version) from this blog post of the Hampden County Beekeepers Association

An article in Smithsonian highlights areas where agriculture is at risk due to a high need for pollination coupled with low wild bee populations. The red counties below are the most high risk areas.
These areas including California's Central Valley, The lower Mississippi Valley and upper midwest are all yellow (low abundance areas) in the map below.