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Vicky Veritas
Saving the world, one map at a time.
Saving the world, one map at a time.

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Kids draw maps. And they are glorious.

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"As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration’s policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation’s de facto negotiator with the world on the environment. The state is pushing back on everything from White House efforts to roll back pollution rules on tailpipes and smokestacks, to plans to withdraw or weaken the United States’ commitments under the Paris climate change accord.

In the process, California is not only fighting to protect its legacy of sweeping environmental protection, but also holding itself out as a model to other states — and to nations — on how to fight climate change."

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Although years away from walking on the moon, the space program was in full swing in 1965. Thank you for the lovely chart, +The Old Map Gallery​!
"All spacecraft illustrations are derived from plans now in development by NASA or by aero-space industries". Always interesting to see the imagination at work in how we would reach and explore space in this chart from c. 1965 #oldmapgallery #spacemaps #spaceexploration #pictorialmaps

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Thank you, +7 Island Sweet Poet's Page​ and +Timothy Street​. Miss you.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863

In this week leading to Memorial Day in the U.S.A., a reminder that the author, too, "gave the last full measure of devotion"

O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
- Walt Whitman

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"Researchers created a three-dimensional representation of predicted slab geometry and mantle flow. The image outlines areas with a temperature at 300 degrees Celsius cooler than the surrounding mantle, with different colors representing different depths. Oceanic plates and slabs are semi-transparent, and continents are entirely transparent. Green arrows represent velocity vectors inside the mantle."

Thank you, +Mariano Javier de Leon Dominguez Romero​

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Understanding how we decipher a great historical event written in the book of rocks may be as interesting as the event itself.
~ Walter Alvarez, geologist, who together with his physicist father, Luis Alvarez, came up with the impact theory that led to the Cretaceous - Paleogene mass extinction in which all animals greater than 25 kilograms, including the dinosaurs and half the plant species on Earth, were wiped out.

Read the fascinating story here:

Thank you +Wikiplacemarks​​​.
Placemark of the day: Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction impact where Alvarezes discovered why dinosaurs went extinct 

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Explore beautiful interactive geologic maps like William Smith's groundbreaking map of Scotland, England and Wales. Links to Grand Canyon maps and more!

Thank you, +Maps Mania​!
Interactive Geological Maps

How interactive maps are bringing William Smith's 1815 concept of the geologic map into the modern digital age. 

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Watch how conflict in Syria has turned out the lights. Straight to the animations here:

Thank you, +Maps Mania
Lights Out in Syria

The BBC has created a series of animated maps showing the lights going out in Syrian cities since the start of the civil war. 

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"Collins and Wanamaker set out to understand the mechanisms that drive a wedge between the incomes of blacks and whites from one generation to the next. Their big finding is this: Between 1880 and 2010, whites showed much higher rates of upward mobility than blacks—even if their parents started from the same economic position. “There is a specific penalty for black people, which is independent of whatever income their fathers earn,” Wanamaker tells CityLab. “And that has been constant over 100 years.”

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"So again I looked at microdata from the American Time Use Survey from 2014, which asked thousands of people what they did during a 24-hour period. I used the data to simulate a single day for 1,000 Americans representative of the population — to the minute.

More specifically, I tabulated transition probabilities for one activity to the other, such as from work to traveling, for every minute of the day. That provided 1,440 transition matrices, which let me model a day as a time-varying Markov chain. The simulations below come from this model, and it’s kind of mesmerizing."

Nathan Yau of Flowing Data simulates a single day of normal activities for thousands of Americans. Thank you, +Christopher Lamke​
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