Maps Lie… Damn Mercator

Here is a nice video from Buzzfeed Blue bringing the distortion issues with Mercator and projections of the globe to a wider audience.



Reblogged: Use of Google Earth finds Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory

Real interesting video and report from the Guardian this week. Using Google Earth imagery over time, blogger Brown Moses has been able to trace the trajectory of rockets using the craters they left. The trajectory showed a possible location of a launch site in Russia. Examining the marking on the ground at the possible launch site, they were even able to suggest what were the exact launch vehicles. Combined with videos of the smoke in the area taken from social media, it poses some compelling evidence that the attack was launched from Russian territory.

Watch the video here:

Read the article here: Russia shelled Ukrainians from within its own territory, says study

Reblogged: A Spectre is Haunting Europe – Ghost Geopolitics in Russia and Ukraine

In a recent blog post in Exploring Geopolitics Dr. Padraig Caromody of TCD Geography discusses Vladimir Putin’s expansionist foreign policy in the context of the current model of global economic integration. In an insightful and stimulating post Dr. Carmody states that “a new spectre haunts Europe currently – communism’s ghost or more precisely a type of ghost geopolitics.”

Apple suspend online sales in Russia as Ruble tumbles (Source: Bidness
Apple suspend online sales in Russia as Ruble tumbles (Source: Bidness

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Reblogged: The Ebola Outbreak – Is Africa Really Rising?

In late November, Padraig Carmody from TCD Geography discussed the Ebola outbreak with Trinity News and Events.

In this interview, Padraig talks about how the outbreak of the disease fits in with reports about Africa now being the fastest growing continental economy globally. In discussing “Africa Rising”, Padraig states that “Africa is said to be “rising”. However, Liberia has a mere 90 doctors and Sierra Leone is reported to have around 120. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s fastest growing economies…. yet its per capita income is only around US $680 a year. There are a few points to take away from this: 1) Growth has been largely driven by mineral exports and, consequently, it has not been sufficiently inclusionary, and 2) it is relatively easy to grow an economy quickly when you begin from a lowly base.”

Padraig also discusses how growth rates experienced are often highly unequally distributed, “So, is the “Africa Rising” discourse really justified? Who is the continent rising for, and what is it rising towards? And, what does the ebola outbreak tell us about this narrative? Will the “market” solve the challenge of African development?”

To read the full article, click here.

Mapping Language on the Tube

If you have ever spent time in London you will know that it is a very diverse and multicultural city. As a result, there are a plethora of languages that you would hear in any given day. This is especially evident when travelling on the tube.

Map of languages on the tube
Map of languages on the tube

The diversity of languages along the tube has been mapped by Oliver O’Brien, researcher in geovisualisation and web mapping at University College London’s department of geography. O’Brien has created an interactive map showing what the most common second language is at certain tube stops across London. O’Brien used 2011 Census data to map the second most commonly spoken language that people who live nearby speak.

The interactive map also contains other information about tube journeys in London, including an interesting breakdown of the occupation of locals near tube stations.

See see the map click here: Tube Map

For a news report click here: London’s second languages mapped by tube stop

Mapping Migration

Here is a great video which tracks the migration of two honey buzzards from the Netherlands to Africa. The video created by the University of Amsterdam initially tracks twelve birds, but then concentrates on two when they travel south in the Autumn of 2010. The video shows the female buzzard lose her way on the return trip, possibly due to strong winds. The video was created using real data that gave the latitude, longitude, and height above ground of each bird.