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U.S. Streets and Rivers

July 8, 2013

Buffalo Doug

Understanding “place” includes, of course, geography. Maps are part of the construction of places–and they can also help us see places. Matt Rosenberg’s About.com Geography provides this information about two U.S. maps that can help us see some places anew:

Two incredible maps of the conterminous 48 United States show nothing but the streets and streams. The first, All Streets, is the product of Ben Fry and it consists of 240 million road segments. It clearly displays the density of urban areas along with the topography of the country in road-less regions. The second map, All Rivers is a more natural detailed view of the topography of the country, displaying the watersheds of the nation. Both maps are absolutely worth a look.

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