Published Wednesday, June 29, 2005 by CCAer.
Looks like some folks are in a tizzy about what is included in North America. The issue
seems to centre around the accuracy of a Parks Canada
sign that lists Newfoundland’s Cape Spear
as the easternmost point in North America
. Others argue that Greenland
is North America's easternmost landmass.
Published Wednesday, June 22, 2005 by CCAer.
has expanded its satellite image coverage of the earth’s surface. Map data for areas outside of Canada, the United States and Great Britian is still lacking in detail, however. As already the case with these 3 countries, the detail of the satellite imagery varies from Landsat 7 images to air photos. Expect to see the Google Sightseeing
catalog expand significantly.
Published Tuesday, June 21, 2005 by CCAer.
’s week-night sometimes thought-provoking Ideas
is running a 10 episode program on the Literary Atlas of Canada
, hosted by Noah Richler. It focuses on the impact of Canadian fiction writers on the Canadian view of place - in the broad and specific sense. I think this series has been running for a while because I recall hearing bits and pieces of The Company Town
episode. A book of the same title is scheduled to appear in January of 2006, published by McClelland and Stewart
. I daresay the focus is more on the literary aspect than the atlas. One wonders how many maps will appear in the book.
Published Tuesday, June 14, 2005 by CCAer.
J. Richard Gott and Mario Juric have produced a conformal map of the universe
illustrating recent discoveries, ranging from Kuiper belt objects in the Solar system, to the galaxies and quasars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. This map projection, based on the logarithm map of the complex plane, preserves shapes locally, and yet is able to display the entire range of astronomical scales from the Earth's neighborhood to the cosmic microwave background. The conformal nature of the projection, preserving shapes locally, may be of particular use for analyzing large scale structure. Prominent in the map is a Sloan Great Wall of galaxies 1.37 billion light years long, 80% longer than the Great Wall discovered by Geller and Huchra and therefore the largest observed structure in the universe.
Published Wednesday, June 08, 2005 by CCAer.
The Globe and Mail reports today
that one of Martin Waldseemueller's group's maps fetched £545,600 at an auction. I'm looking forward to the time when one of my maps will bring in a similar amount.
Published Wednesday, June 01, 2005 by CCAer.
Check out TechnologyReview's article entitle Do Maps Have Morals?
and the accompanying discussion forum