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Since the 1990s, collector David Rumsey has digitized and made freely available his thousands of historical maps; his site has long been one of the best resources for cartography.

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Maps Made to Influence and Deceive

by Allison Meier on August 4, 2016

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Some maps are not designed to chart geography, but to express a particular belief.

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Post image for Discover NYC’s Over 1,000 Public Artworks with a New Interactive Map

New York City has over 1,000 monuments across the five boroughs, and the new NYC Public Art Map and Guide plots them on an interactive map

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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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