Posts from the ‘maps’ Category

A beautiful map of the world’s rivers by National Geographic. It’s astounding to think that all of that only equates to less than 1% of the Earth’s water.

However, regardless of how much it appears to be, there are a whole lot of living things depending on it. Of them, only one is actively poisoning it for the rest of the biosphere and only one has the ability to clean it up. 

As we advance technologically our methods for fixing it are becoming more effective and less intrusive. At the same time, the amount of pollution being dumped is increasing also. 

While it would be great to develop a viable desalinization process, it’s not something we can count on any time soon. In the meantime, there are a diverse number of things you can do to help. Recycle, live more green, and use your rights as a citizen to elect representatives who understand and are willing to make the necessary changes to keep our water and environment safe.

150 years of hurricanes and their paths, strengths. Kinda hard to see at first glance, but you’re looking from the South Pole. Most of Mexico and the southern US are obscured completely.

The Dymaxion map (created by Buckminster Fuller) centers on the Arctic and does a better job than most maps of maintaining relative sizes of continents. This .gif is showing how your typical night/day projection would look!

Edit: I’m not sure why this ended up not working, but if you click here you can see it working correctly!

A visualization of wildfires worldwide in just the last 24 hours. I know the scale is different, but Africa makes our Colorado fires look inadequate.

Scientist, mountain man, and generally cool guy (despite no Wikipedia page!) Robert B. Sosman spent more than twenty years learning the secrets of finding Manhattan’s best cuisine. He eventually wrote it all up and ordered it by increasing latitude and longitude, “for the convenience of mathematicians, experimental scientists, engineers, and explorers.” For the rest of us, that’s in a northwesterly direction!


Massive underground reserves of water found in Africa

Huge reserves of underground water in some of the driest parts of Africa could provide a buffer against the effects of climate change for years to come, scientists said.

Researchers from the British Geological Survey and University College London have for the first time mapped the aquifers, or groundwater, across the continent and the amount they hold.

‘The largest groundwater volumes are found in the large sedimentary aquifers in the North African countries Libya, Algeria, Egypt and Sudan,’ the scientists said in their paper.

They estimate that reserves of groundwater across the continent are 100 times the amount found on its surface, or 0.66 million cubic kilometres.

» via Daily Mail

As the rest of the world starts running out of water, I think a new land grab by developed countries is going to start in Africa. Between its potential for solar energy and these water reservoirs plus the oodles of timber, labor, gems, and who knows what else, it’s only a matter of time. I wonder if I can find any similar maps of other continents to compare it too. Is it strange that largely desert Africa has such little low (< 0.1) aquifer productivity or does that just not happen often at all?