Drew Decker from the USGS passed information about the launch of the National Geologic Map Database new web MapView (http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/MapView/)
As part of Earth Science Week, the AGI, AASG, and USGS collaborated to include geologic map information and activities in the 16,000 Earth Science week teacher packets. Go here to learn more:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/. USGS news release: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3400.
Also, in concert with Geologic Map Day, today is the launch of the National Geologic Map Database new web MapView (http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/maps/MapView/)
The MapView provides a mosaicked view of published geologic maps of the western half of the Nation, with addition of the remaining States expected in 2013.
News Release here: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3428&from=rss_home.
This link was passed along to me, and I thought I would share – the maps on the site are all unique, and for me at least, though provoking ….
They all come from this great site: http://feeds.feedburner.com/bigthink/blogs/strange-maps
Thanks to Michael Carson for passing this interesting map (and analysis style). The map is a very interesting history of the geographic distribution of two-party voting over time.
Take a look at the video, and the good discussion of its benefits.
Google Maps Videos
I thought this was interesting to view – Google allows the public to make updates to its maps. Especially in countries that weren’t previously mapped in rich detail, watching the map go from nothing to a rich cartographic base is neat to watch.
One of the more interesting videos is the one of Pyongyang North Korea – I wonder who is doing that update???
Here are a couple of good examples of using maps and GIS to support the current hurricane threatening the Gulf Coast. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for everyone there …
If you haven’t been to Walkscore.com you should check it out: They have done a pretty interesting spatial analysis based upon distance from an address to local resources (restaurants, shopping, etc). Check it out here: http://www.walkscore.com/apartments/search/90071.
What is interesting to me about this is that if you flip the analysis, and add our service locations from our location management system (aka Points of interest – click to download) – you can do a service GAP analysis – basically the red areas would be places that don’t have enough services.
As a government agency this would be a powerful rendering of where we as a County need to add providers or sign contracts.
I’d be interested in this – when I get the change I’ll start taking a look at this – but if someone does it first I would love to see the results!