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Natural Earth

Natural Earth
Natural Earth is a public domain map dataset available at 1:10m, 1:50m, and 1:110 million scales. Featuring tightly integrated vector and raster data, with Natural Earth you can make a variety of visually pleasing, well-crafted maps with cartography or GIS software. Convenience Natural Earth solves a problem: finding suitable data for making small-scale maps. In a time when the web is awash in geospatial data, cartographers are forced to waste time sifting through confusing tangles of poorly attributed data to make clean, legible maps. Because your time is valuable, Natural Earth data comes ready-to-use.

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Earth Outreach With Google Maps Engine, you can upload geographic data in many different file formats. Supported vector formats include ESRI shapefiles, comma-separated files (.csv), and KML files. Supported image formats include JPEG2000, GeoTIFF, JPEG, TIFF, and MrSID.

Cruz deWilde: Career Portfolio In the late 1600’s, Sir Isaac Newton got bonked on the head by an apple and surmised that every point of mass is attracted to every other point of mass with a strength that diminishes as the inverse of the square of the distance that separates them. The predictive accuracy of his equation was so consistent for so long, that his theory became law, despite the fact that he never managed to explain how gravity works. And it wasn’t until the dawn of Quantum Mechanics that we found out that gravity doesn’t always work. Today, our current collection of laws and theories representing some of humanity’s best efforts to describe the universe might be affectionately described as a large, codependent, dysfunctional family that lives by the mantra 'Often wrong, but never in doubt.' The Law of Gravity is the family patriarch that younger theories such as Relativity, Big Bang, and Quantum Mechanics are still forced to respect, even as they rebel against him.

Cheats guide to making simple outline maps in Photoshop - Red Dice Diaries Please note: There are some excellent and very professional cartographers out there producing great maps for games, this article is not designed to create a map to compete with them, it is for someone who wants to quickly put together a simple map that they can use during a RP campaign with minimal struggle. Producing professional looking campaign maps can be very tricky, takes a lot of practice and time, however, if you’re just looking for a quick map that will enable you to get playing your game quickly then this guide should help you. This article assumes you have access to Photoshop and basic ability to use it (although the principles should be transferable to other graphic programs like GIMP). Open a new screen Start up your graphics program and open a new image.

Maps Comparing Bay Area Housing Prices to the World's Most Gorgeous Places For what it costs to live in San Francisco, you might as well relocate to an unbelievably stunning Mediterranean island. Mapping the Nation's Failing Voting Machines A new report shows that thousands of U.S. voting systems are old and malfunctioning, which could spell disaster for the upcoming presidential elections. Where America's Poverty Has Shifted Rural-to-urban population moves have changed the landscape of the poor in the last 50 years.

NOAA - GSHHG As of version 2.2.2, GSHHG is released under the GNU Lesser General Public license. The GSHHG is a high-resolution geography data set, amalgamated from two databases in the public domain: World Vector Shorelines (WVS) and CIA World Data Bank II (WDBII). The former is the basis for shorelines while the latter is the basis for lakes, although there are instances where differences in coastline representations necessitated adding WDBII islands to GSHHG.

District-wise monthly rainfall data (2004-2010) & list of raingauge stations, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Monthly rainfall data from 2004-2010 and raingauge stations list for the complete country, in the form of a spreadsheet that can be downloaded. The India Meteorological Department Rainfall data In response to an RTI petition filed by the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has made rainfall data for the past few years available at a monthly level, for each district of the country on their website.

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MapBox Enables Amazing Custom Maps for Sites and Apps "Up until now, a lot of mapping has just been boring," says Eric Gundersen, the CEO of MapBox, an ambitious startup that has made headlines for putting cartographic software, well, on the map. Those headlines featuring MapBox certainly haven't been boring, however. There was the news that Foursquare switched from Google Maps to use the MapBox Streets product, the $10 million in Series A funding MapBox recently received from the Foundry Group and a look at how MapBox is working with NASA to improve satellite imagery of the Earth. Around the world, hundreds of millions of users look at MapBox maps on some of the largest sites and across some of the most popular apps. With a client list including Evernote, Hipmunk, Le Monde, The Guardian, NPR and USA Today, there's a good chance you've already glanced at a MapBox-created map and, judging by the rapid growth the company is experiencing, a very good chance you will again very soon. So far, its success is organic.

ASTER Global Digital Elevation Map ASTER Global Digital Elevation Map Announcement The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) of Japan and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) jointly announced the release of the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Global Digital Elevation Model Version 2 (GDEM V2) on October 17, 2011. The first version of the ASTER GDEM, released in June 2009, was generated using stereo-pair images collected by the ASTER instrument onboard Terra. ASTER GDEM coverage spans from 83 degrees north latitude to 83 degrees south, encompassing 99 percent of Earth's landmass.

6 Phd Positions (Promovendi) in the Field Of Geo-Information, Remote Sensing and GIS at ITC Netherlands The faculty ITC provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation using remote sensing and GIS. The aim of ITC’s activities is the international exchange of knowledge, focusing on capacity building and institutional development in developing countries and emerging economies Job specification

Data Visualization, Design and Information Munging // Martin Krzywinski / Genome Sciences Center ▲ 2013 day ▲ 2014 day ▲ 2015 day The Perfect 22-Foot Map for Your Ancient Roman Road Trip A close-up of the Tabula Peutingeriana. (Photo: Public Domain/WikiCommons) If you’re planning a road trip in ancient Rome, you'll need two things: a time machine, and the Tabula Peutingeriana. Also known as the “Peutinger Map,” the Tabula illustrates the complex road networks of the Roman Empire.

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