Category Archives: History

Animated time line of the world’s nuclear reactors

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred 25 years ago today, April 26 1986. To mark the event Climate Central has produced the following interactive map showing a timeline of operational nuclear reactors around the world from the early 1950’s to the … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shift in world oil production

American Public Media has published a fascinating interactive map of the biggest crude oil producers over the past 50 years. The graduated circle map shows the dramatic shifts in oil production between different countries – such as the increasing importance … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

8,000 years of global land use visualized

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have mapped out changes in human land use over the past eight thousand years, also projecting fifty years into the future. The animated world map displays the fraction of land under … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Six years of edits to the OS Mastermap

The UK’s national mapping agency, the Ordnance Survey (OS), claims to produce the largest, most detailed and up to date map of any country in the world. Mastermap, as it’s known is compiled by 250 surveyors, 2 aircraft, has 5,000 … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Mapping the start of the American Civil War

On April 12, 1861 the first shots of the American Civil war were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. To mark the 150th anniversary ESRI has put together a map which allows you to compare current aerial imagery surrounding … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Mapping American Fiction

What do the towns,nations and continents mentioned in literature from different eras tell us about the cultural outlook and prejudices of society at that time? Matthew Wilkens discusses an ongoing project where he takes a sample of novels by year … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

58,398 tornadoes mapped

Spring marks the start of the peak season for tornadoes in the USA. Several states have already had severe storm warnings this year. Using the NCDC storm database, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) visualization lab put together a … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Beauty of Maps TV series online

Flowingdata points out the excellent BBC series ‘The Beauty of Maps’ is available in its entirety on YouTube.  As the title suggests the documentary is just about maps, their artistic merits and the stories behind them. Might not be online … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment