Post image for Mapping the Fossils and Meteorite Impacts in London’s Architecture

The building blocks of urban landscapes are often riddled with fossils, with Jurassic reptile bones and Cretaceous sea creatures sometimes emerging from the stone surfaces.

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Post image for Charting Chinese History with 17th-Century Jesuit World Maps

Mounted on remnants of the old Ming Dynasty city wall, which once surrounded Beijing, are Western clocks and astronomical instruments for observing celestial bodies.

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Post image for A Collection of Creative Cartographers’ Madcap Maps

Originally intended purely as tools for navigation, maps have long branched off from this practical function to become an unexpected medium for visual expression.

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Post image for A New Tool Maps the NYC Landmarks Near You

Last month, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to recommend 30 of the sites from its backlog of nearly 100 as potential landmarks.

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Painted Maps Jam-Packed with Data

by Carey Dunne on March 4, 2016

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Paula Scher, the first female principal of Pentagram and designer of identities for the Public Theater and Tiffany’s — not to mention hundreds of hit album covers — grew up surrounded by maps.

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Post image for A Map Library Is Digitizing Its Rarest Globes as 3D Models

“Globes have a very low survival rate,” explained Ian Fowler, director of the Osher Map Library (OML) at the University of Southern Maine.

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Post image for Why Cannibals Were on Every 16th-Century Map of the New World

Many of the first European maps of the Americas included warnings of cannibalism, despite no proof of such activity.

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Post image for Mapping the Gender Imbalance in City Street Names

This August, activist group Osez le Féminisme (Dare to be Feminist) installed guerrilla signs in Paris to rename streets and parks after women like singer Nina Simone, sailor Florence Arthaud, and author Simone de Beauvoir.

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Post image for Mapping 13 Centuries of English Metaphors

A three-year project from the University of Glasgow’s School of Critical Studies mapped 13 centuries of metaphors in the English language.

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Post image for Researchers Decipher the Map That May Have Guided Columbus Westward

You might call Henricus Martellus’s 1491 world map — which many believe Christopher Columbus consulted before setting out on his voyage — a symbol of the limits of human knowledge.

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