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Used to love this as a kid, getting an old map book that my Dad had at school and seeing all the places I’d never been (of which a tiny fraction I’ve been to now), all the wonderful names, the extinct states (Rhodesia, Yugoslavia, U.S.S.R etc.).

 

So a thread dedicated to Cartography and other mapping is needed, I’ll get the ball rolling:

 

Map of Europe changing over time

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFYKrNptzXw

 

University of Bristol Atlases

http://uobatlases.net/

 

Drainage Basins of Europe (in German)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c4/Europ%C3%A4ische_Wasserscheiden.png

 

Two linguistics maps of America from odd words

http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6

 

Historic Maps of Liverpool

http://historic-liverpool.co.uk/old-maps-of-liverpool

 

How Bostonian Neighbourhoods have changed with immigration

http://www.wired.com/2014/03/maps-immigration-boston/

 

https://geoguessr.com/beta/uk

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I'm gonna trigger all sort of weirdness here but...

 

It's not so much maps I like looking at, but I'm quite into famous murder locations! i.e. Yorkshire Ripper, Moors Murders, and recently Old Trafford.

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Repped., maps are great. I am a great fan of the 1:50000 Ordnance Survey maps, I could spend all day reading one. Always pick one up if I'm in a part of the country I'm not familiar with to find an interesting diversion.

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It's amazing how many places haven't changed all that much in the last 100 years, most of the main roads have been that way for generations.

I love the older maps though where every house was outlined and numbered.

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Yes is the short answer. Sat navs are good but there's nothing like a decent map - especially if you're going on a tour. You can look at a map and decide to go off the beaten track and see something different whereas sat navs can only give you a route from A to B.

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Sat navs have created a whole generation of kids who don't even know if London is North or South of Birmingham.

 

Looking at maps was / is just a fantastic way of seeing where places are - be it California, or Crewe.

 

And, to be fair, it's not just the kids, I've found myself using a sat nav so much, that you've no clue where you are, or on what road. whereas before Sat Navs, you'd sit down and plan a route and learn the place names you'd pass through.... you always knew the sequence of places you had to drive through to get to your destination.

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I was just saying the other day that google map is my favorite ever website.

 

I still have a drawer full of beautiful Michelin maps that I always carried with me when I was bike touring - they are works of art.

 

I fear for the future of traditional maps though. Buy them while you can.

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Sat navs have created a whole generation of kids who don't even know if London is North or South of Birmingham.

 

Looking at maps was / is just a fantastic way of seeing where places are - be it California, or Crewe.

 

And, to be fair, it's not just the kids, I've found myself using a sat nav so much, that you've no clue where you are, or on what road. whereas before Sat Navs, you'd sit down and plan a route and learn the place names you'd pass through.... you always knew the sequence of places you had to drive through to get to your destination.

 

I always look on google maps before I plan a route if its somewhere new. I like to see if there is something on the way that I have wanted to see, even if it is a bit of detour. I also have a proper map in both cars in case the sat nav packs in.

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Love maps. Here is a map of Hungary showing what is was before the Trianon treaty of 1920 was and what it is now that two thirds of the country has been removed

 

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At the same time, here is a map showing the ethnic population of the former Hungary, ie why they felt it was okay to give away the lands to other countries

 

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Having travelled around most of this land, it is amazing the difference in how people feel. For example, in Transylvania, Brasov is looks and feels like a Hungarian town but Bacau, just outside official Transylvania, has definite anti-Magyar feelings to it

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That google street view took says of productivity off me a few years ago. Id just sit at my desk and stroll around beverly hills or tokyo , even little unknown towns , fucking brilliant

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