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More than half the world is still unmapped — but not for long

By the end of this decade, Seabed 2030 wants to produce accurate maps for the remaining 80 percent of the ocean floor.

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Welcome to the United Fonts of America

At least 222 typefaces are named after places in the U.S. — and there's still room for more.

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Mysterious dodecahedrons of the Roman Empire

The first of many dodecahedrons was unearthed almost three centuries ago, and we still don't know what they were for.

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Why Africa’s newest super-bridge is in the continent’s weirdest border zone

The Kazungula Bridge connects Zambia and Botswana, barely missing Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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This map is alive with the beauty of lighthouse signals

The unique light signatures of nautical beacons translate into hypnotic cartography.

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These 1,000 hexagons show how global wealth is distributed

A cartogram makes it easy to compare regional and national GDPs at a glance.

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How a “flying circus” gave us the first aerial maps of Earth

Thomas Baldwin's Airopaidia (1786) includes the earliest sketches of the earth from a balloon.

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Free speech? Not everybody loves it, this map shows

In some countries, people want more freedom of speech. In others, they feel that there is too much.

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Why Swiss maps are full of hidden secrets

Cartography is serious business in Switzerland — but once in a while, the occasional map gag slips through.

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Turn any place on earth into a New York street corner

ExtendNY stretches the Big Apple's gridiron all across the globe – with some bizarre effects

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Android has won the phone world war

A global survey shows the majority of countries favor Android over iPhone.

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The ‘Lost Forty’: how a mapping error preserved an old-growth forest

A 19th-century surveying mistake kept lumberjacks away from what is now Minnesota's largest patch of old-growth trees.

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How much does it cost to start a business? There’s a world map for that

UAE is the world's most expensive country to start a business, but it's free in Rwanda.

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Sea cucumber crime is a thing, and this is where it’s happening

A "seafood mafia" is plying the waters between India and Sri Lanka to satisfy China's appetite for an increasingly rare delicacy.

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How Europe will beat China on batteries

Map shows Europe's imminent Great Leap Forward in battery cell production

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What a carve-up: when French and British ruled the world

James Gillray's 'plumb-pudding' caricature is "probably the most famous political cartoon of all time."

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In this Dutch town, the euro’s fictional bridges are now real

The European currency features buildings that didn't exist, until Spijkenisse made them in concrete

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This map of Europe is good for only one thing

Topologists can't tell donuts from coffee mugs, but their maps are revelatory nonetheless.

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The Christian church so holy that Muslims hold its keys

Six denominations share the Holy Sepulcher, but not all between them is peace and love.

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Too loud? In Japan, they'll map-shame you

'Dorozoku' map crowd-sources the whereabouts of noisy kids in Japan – but who's being anti-social here, exactly?

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