Best of the Blogs 15 June 2016

By on 15 June, 2016

Each week Spatial Source highlights the best that the internet has to offer.


Light pollution is an unwelcome reality of an increasingly urbanised world. However, as judging by this global light pollution map shared by Geoawesomeness, vast tracts of Australia remain relatively untouched by light pollution. Now you can plan your next astronomy road trip with confidence.


bob-mass shootings orlando

After the devastating mass shootings in Orlando this week, a map published by GIS User charts the United States’ troubled history with this tragic type of incident.



Last weekend Australia’s east coast was heavily eroded after a high tide coincided with a low pressure system. It wasn’t the best timing for New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) to publish a webmap showing areas that could be at threat if a tsunami occurred. This is almost anywhere along the coast, and the red highlights on the maps sent the the spatially illiterate into frenzy, as described by ASM.


bob-long distance relationships map

Long distance relationships are hard. But what you might think is even harder—mapping over 600 hundred of them globally—has just been successfully performed by Big Think. It even allows you to filter the map by distance, duration, reason and status, allowing insights such as the furthest love: 18,937 km from England to New Zealand.



Not all maps are created equal, so says cartographic essayist Justine O’Beirne. On his website he suggests that ‘Google and Apple Maps are in a race to become the world’s first Universal Map‘ . In a four-part essay he aims to answer–in staggeringly great detail–who will get there first.


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