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New Arctic Ice Thickness Map

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released the first maps of sea-ice thickness in the Arctic, based on data from the CryoSat mission. Cryosat’s orbit goes within a couple of degrees of the poles, allowing it to collect much more … Continue reading

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Life Expectancy in the U.S.

The Washington Post has drawn on a study from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington to create a interactive graphic of life expectancy across the USA. The map ranks each county by life expectancy … Continue reading

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Mapping the spread of the Cordón Caulle volcano ash cloud

On June 4, 2011 the Cordón Caulle volcano complex in Chile erupted sending volcanic ash high into the atmosphere. A combination of small ash particles, which take a long time to fall to Earth, and the high winds of the … Continue reading

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Visualize world flights on a 3D globe

To showcase PhiloGL, a Javascript visualization tool, Nicolas Garcia Belmonte has put together World Flights – a nifty 3D viewer of major international airline routes and airports based on openflights data. You can’t do anything rather than rotate the globe, … Continue reading

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Socal Networking Map of the World (June 2011)

Vincent Cosmati has updated his twice yearly map showing the most popular social networks in different countries around the world. No real surprise to see Facebook continuing to spread. chalking up a bunch of Middle East countries such as Syria, … Continue reading

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Before and after aerial imagery of the Wallow Fire, Arizona

During some types of natural hazards, satellites are capable of capturing remarkably clear imagery of affected areas. Below, before an after Landsat visible-infrared images of the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona, USA. The images cover 300 square miles (500 sq … Continue reading

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The Dangers of New York City Traffic

Ron Gabriel’s 3-way street highlights the bad habits of New York motorists, cyclists and jaywalking pedestrians, focusing on the way such behaviour was exacerbated by the roll-out of bike lanes across the city. The video analyzes a series of dangerous looking … Continue reading

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Explore the Sun with Helioviewer

As you might have seen elsewhere, there was a spectacular solar flare on June 7 caught on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). Unusually for such a powerful event, the ejected material fell back onto the surface of the … Continue reading

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