600 Million Years and Counting…
I was pretty bored so I decided to make some GIFs of the last 600 million years of our planet’s plate tectonics.
The first GIF is a global mollewide projection. The second one is of the Colorado Plateau and the North American Southwest. The next GIF is of the entire formation of the North American Continent. The fourth GIF is of geologic and tectonic evolution of Europe. And finally the last one is the same as the first except in rectangular format.
I obtained the images from Global Paleogeography and them compiled them one by one into Photoshop with the end result being the above GIFs.
Jenni Sparks does her meticulously-detailed-yet-organic illustration thing with San Francisco (we’ve previously featured her great NYC map), with BART and Caltrain (really?) given strong visual prominence. Strangely, there’s not a single Muni Metro train, F Line streetcar or cable car to be seen!
Great map! I’m a little thrown off by the placement of some of the landmarks and neighborhoods, but it’d be really hard to be exact with a map like this. I’ve been staring at it for almost an hour now! Too bad the print is $160.
Within just a few days the trees surrounding Lake Superior and Lake Michigan have gone from a deep green to a vibrant orange as autumn steals across the region. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on NASA’s Terra satellite captured these peak fall colors around the Great Lakes on October 10, 2003, shown in the top true-color image. There are few signs of the impending change in the bottom MODIS image, taken just four days earlier by the Aqua satellite.
The high-resolution image provided above shows the autumn colors at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution of 250 meters per pixel.
Images courtesy Liam Gumley, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-MadisonInstrument(s): Terra - MODIS
Fall is coming! Here’s an aerial look back at that transition from 2003.
Scientists Chart Ebola Risk
A new map identifies areas where animals are likely to be infected with the Ebola virus as a first step towards understanding where future outbreaks of the disease may occur.
The map, based on a model created by a team led by Oxford Univ. scientists, predicts that in animal populations the Ebola virus is likely to be circulating across a vast swathe of forested Central and West Africa. This area covers seven countries which have already reported Ebola transmission from animals to humans, as well as 15 more countries which are likely to be at risk.
Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/09/scientists-chart-ebola-risk