Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Getting directions: what maps show us about ourselves and our world

The geography of conflictAn ongoing fascination for me is the way in which maps reflect our understanding of the world around us, reveal our cultural biases, record human history, or chart the geography of conflict.

If you share my fascination, then allow me to recommend to you strange maps, a blog which collects unusual maps portraying places that are real or exist only in the cartographer's imagination. A recent posting included this one depicting a "culture wars" battleground: where and how evolution is taught in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Bill Warters at Campus ADR Tech Blog links to "Baghdad: Mapping the Violence," a BBC News animated map depicting the violence in Baghdad since May 2003 when the U.S. declared the end to major combat operations.