Tharp with an undersea map at her desk. Rolled sonar profiles of the ocean floor are on the shelf behind her.
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the estate of Marie Tharp
Born on July 30, 1920, geologist and cartographer Tharp changed scientific thinking about what lay at the bottom of the ocean – not a featureless flat, but rugged and varied terrain.
Maps shape our understanding of world events like the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's how to make sure they don't mislead you.
Three very different maps, using the same deprivation data, for the same place: Hartlepool, UK.
Samuel Langton/MMU, using OS Data © Crown copyright 2019.
When mapping deprivation, using traditional boundaries can distort the data and distract readers from important information.
Geologic map of the near side of the moon by Wilhelms & McCauley in 1971.
We have the Apollo missions to thank for a lot of our geological knowledge about the moon.
A map showing Northern Canada and the Arctic Ocean.
Government of Canada
In May 2019, Canada made a partial submission to the United Nations on the limits of its extended continental shelf in the Arctic.
Maps can be a tool in the defense of Indigenous communities against extractive industries.
Canadian Centre for Architecture; Grant Tigner, painter. Seagrams Limited, publisher. The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, in The St. Lawrence Seaway: The Realization of a Mighty Dream, 1954.
Historically, western corporate maps have been privileged over Indigenous ones. But given the essential debate of territory in resource conflicts, maps are a crucial tool.
The map that went viral.
Maps can show "the big picture" to lots and lots of people in an engaging and colourful way.
Can happiness really be mapped?
Economists try to create and use maps to navigate the world of human choices. But in some ways, these maps are limited.
“The earth is our mother. We should look after and respect her. This territory is where the peccary passed. Under the authority of Karodaybi [the first Munduruku warrior]
They are contesting the maps that deny them territorial rights.
Interior Design / Shutterstock
Areas of the brain are being mapped, much like the towns, cities and countries represented in a typical atlas.
Worldmapper.org / Sasi Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).
Nothing is where you think it is.
For Google, the map is not the end product.
Google has managed to map most of the world. Recently, the company offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how it’s built the Google Maps application using a combination of technology (the Google Street…
Section of the Carta Marina, 1527-39.
What comes to mind when you think of the Arctic? Ice, I imagine, polar bears, a barren cold landscape. And most would assume that these associations have remained the same for a pretty long time, given…
When did the name ‘Australia’ first appear on a map? It may be much earlier than historians had previously believed.
Matthew Flinders, who died just over 200 years ago, is widely credited with giving this country its name: Australia. Flinders preferred Australia to the more commonly used Terra Australis as he thought…