New Atlas: Ancient sunken continent of Zealandia laid bare in new interactive maps. “Newly released maps of Zealandia, a massive sunken landmass many have argued should be classified as Earth’s eighth continent, are revealing the topography of this underwater land in unprecedented detail. The new trove of data comes from New Zealand research institute GNS Science, which has released two new maps alongside an interactive website designed to give people novel ways to explore the complex geoscience data.”
Geographical: Revolutionising research through digitisation. Geographical is the official magazine of the Royal Geographical Society. “As part of our commitment to make the Society’s Collections more accessible for research purposes such as these, and to support teaching and learning, we are working with Wiley Digital Archives to digitise hundreds of thousands of items from the archives. The result is an online portal that enables digital access to a variety of both published and unpublished material, revolutionising access to the Collections, while preserving them for years to come.”
Another late December good thing I missed from Big Think: You can now drag and drop whole countries to compare their size. “Is Texas really bigger than Poland? Does Russia stretch further east to west than Africa does north to south? And how big a chunk of Europe would the U.S. cover? If you’re losing sleep over questions like these, you’ll find relief at… a web tool designed to provide answers about the relative sizes of countries (and U.S. states).”
United States Mint: United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”. “The United States Mint (Mint) launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state capitals, and state trivia based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® and 50 State Quarters Programs.” Apparently there are a dozen games for kids on the Mint site.
The Guardian: ‘Ultimate gift to future generations’: plan to laser map all land on Earth. “A project to produce detailed maps of all the land on Earth through laser scanning has been revealed by researchers who say action is needed now to preserve a record of the world’s cultural, environmental and geological treasures.”
Arizona State University: Research project aims to build geospatial artificial intelligence for landform detection. “Earth is enormous, and while humans have done a decent job of being able to map out the boundaries of countries and states, the roads in our cities and the location of geological sightseeing destinations, there remains a lot of the world that isn’t precisely figured out. But a new project from Wenwen Li, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, aims to learn more about our world and its varying terrain by applying artificial intelligence.”
University of Colorado Boulder: GeoLibrary Connects Colorado Through GIS Data. “This fall, the University Libraries have officially launched a new collection of geographic information system (GIS) data highlighting the natural and cultural features of Colorado. The Colorado GeoLibrary, the Libraries’ new site for accessing and discovering geospatial data the state, is a data set goldmine, fit for your GIS and mapping project needs.”
Geospatial World: New tool developed by Esri and USGS allows users to explore islands worldwide. “A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s islands is now available from the USGS and Esri. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone. The Global Islands Explorer (GIE) is an online app that can help a variety of users, from researchers to policy-makers to the interested public, to locate and access basic information on hundreds of thousands of islands across the globe.”
PocketGPSWorld: GeoGuessr A Google StreetView Game For Everyone. “I happened across this site by happy accident yesterday and it’s quite a lot of fun! GeoGuessr is a a web game whereby you are presented with Google StreetView images and are asked to guess the location of the image by placing a pin on a map. The more accurate your guess and the closer to its origin the more points you score.” This is an interesting game. I’m kind of crap at it.
University of Wyoming: Successful Wyoming Atlas Project Launches Digital Version for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools. “The digital version, like the hard copy, is produced by three UW programs — the Department of Geography, the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) and the Wyoming Geographic Alliance. The digital 55-page atlas includes more than 100 full-color, interactive maps, along with numerous charts, tables and photographs. The School of Energy Resources provided the funding. The digital student atlas is targeted to students in Wyoming grades 4-8. The previous hard-copy version was targeted to school libraries; elementary and junior high classrooms where geography is taught as part of the curriculum; and county libraries and their associated branches.” I know the headline says “for Wyoming’s K-12 Schools,” but I was able to access it without issue.
USGS: New Tool Allows Users to Explore Mountains Worldwide. “A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s mountains is now available from the USGS. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone. The Global Mountain Explorer can help a variety of users – from hikers planning their next adventure, to scientists, resource managers and policy makers seeking information that is often sparse in these prominent yet often understudied landscapes. Mountains occupy anywhere from 12 to 31 percent of the land surface of the Earth, but despite their importance, surprisingly few attempts have been made to scientifically define and map these regions worldwide with detail.”
Manawatu Standard: Database to collect Māori knowledge for land management and planning. “A nearly $3 million project to collect and share Māori knowledge of New Zealand’s geography is under way. The project, He Tātai Whenua, will combine iwi history and land knowledge with computer geographic information systems known as GIS, used to provide planning and property information. It will include information about land capability, features, geology, soils, plants and their uses, said project co-leader associate professor Jonathan Procter, based at Massey University’s Manawatū campus.”
BBC: Register to protect Welsh historical place names launched. “A new register recording historical Welsh place names to protect them for future generations has been launched. About 350,000 names are already recorded on the online tool, thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.”
New-to-me, and looks fairly recent. From Geoawesomeness: This web tool will let you find and analyze any satellite imagery in under 10 seconds. “The service is called Land Viewer and offers free, on-the-fly, real-time imagery processing and analytics packed with features. It’s cool and insanely fast. It gives you access to imagery from Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 satellites with more to come soon.” I haven’t done too much with satellite images but this is pretty amazing.
Times of Malta: 3D map tools of Maltese islands launched. “The 3D map tools cover the whole of the Maltese islands and up to one nautical mile offshore. Users of the tools can fly around the data and view their zone of interest in new ways, including newly-published marine zones, such as underwater artefacts. For example, they can see sea-level rises and ancient coasts around the Maltese islands. The tools can also be used to measure and calculate heights, distances and areas.”