Animals Modern human beings have lived on Earth for about 200,000 years. In that time, we've been almost everywhere-on land, in the sea, and on (and under) the water. You'd think we'd pretty much seen it all. However, that's not the case. Whether we're talking reptiles, dinosaurs, sharks, fish, flies, arthropods, or worms, nature is full of surprises.
Travel You've heard of the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands, and Venezuela's Angel Falls; you've probably even heard of more obscure natural wonders, like the needle-like rock forests at Tsingy de Bemaraha. But no matter how much of the Earth we cover, there's always something breathtaking just around the bend.
Our World The oldest parts of Earth testify to a living world that has been moving and taking shape for eons. Whenever another is discovered, they bring with them new surprises, often confirm theories, or confuse scientists completely.
Space There are nearly 30 man-made spaceships out in the solar system right now gathering information about our planet's neighborhood. Every year, evidence is gathered to bolster some theories while others fall by the wayside. Here are just some of the highlights of what we've discovered about the solar system in 2016.
Click the image to view the web map Representation of terrain is as old as cartography itself and there remain numerous ways of creating interesting effects. Plan oblique can be traced back to the work of Xaver Imfeld in 1887 (featured in MapCarte 182).
In a world where many seem rather quick to suggest their map is 'the first to show...' it's refreshing to be able to show actual firsts from the world of cartography that exhibit good design. English geologist William Smith is credited as the first to have created a nationwide geological map.
Physical models, for instance in the form of globes and vacuum-formed raised relief vinyl maps have been staple ways to depict the world for centuries. They bring a three-dimensional quality to the map that allows us to more clearly see how a landscape looks.