How To Use A Map And Compass

This article will save your life. A basic paper map is the simplest, most reliable and most effective way to find your location and navigate somewhere else. But, in the age of GPS and Google Maps, many people have forgotten how to use one. Here's how to never get lost again.
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This is now the longest train journey in the world

21 days. That's the time it will take to complete the largest train journey in the world. 6,200 miles (9977 kilometers) from Yiwu, China, to Madrid, Spain. It's part of the New Silk Road, a Chinese project to gain control over transcontinental cargo transportation between Asia and Europe. » 11/23/14 9:51pm 11/23/14 9:51pm

​Ferries, Bears And Adventure Bikes In British Columbia

Two weeks ago, we rode big, heavy adventure bikes off-road through some of the remotest portions of British Columbia. It was a challenge, sure, and it was pretty, of course, but it was also one of those rare adventures that meant something special. Here's why. » 9/28/14 8:04am 9/28/14 8:04am

Map shows what each country's military camouflage pattern looks like

Here's a fascinating map that reveals how each country defines the idea of camouflage for their military. Of course, different branches of the military have different camo needs but this map, created by a Reddit user, draws out the broad strokes. » 9/04/14 1:58am 9/04/14 1:58am

All the solid surfaces in the solar system stitched in one brilliant map

As usual, xkcd wins the internet with another brilliant scientific visualization: All the solid surfaces (the planetary, moon, and asteroid crusts) in the Solar System stitched together as if it all were a seamless flat map. It's fascinating to see it all from this simple perspective. » 7/03/14 1:31am 7/03/14 1:31am

Map reveals all asteroid impacts from 2000 to 2013

There have been 26 asteroid impacts recorded from 2000 to 20013 by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization's infrasound detection network. Our friend Félix Pharand-Deschênes sent us this graphic showing the atmospheric impact points. It demonstrates that they're more common, and dangerous, than we would like to… » 4/26/14 4:07am 4/26/14 4:07am

The formation of the United States of America in one animated map

This Is What the Internet Looks Like as a Subway Map

Everything is easier to understand when it's drawn up as a well-formatted subway map—including the Internet. This one, for instance, shows a simplification of the world's network of submarine fiber-optic cables. » 4/04/14 7:30am 4/04/14 7:30am

The complete map to Earth's deepest cave—7,208 feet deep, 8 miles long

At 2,197 meters (7,208 feet) the Krubera cave is the deepest on Earth. Located in the Arabika Massif, of the Western Caucasus in Abkhazia, Georgia, it extends for 13.432 kilometers (8,346 miles.) I would love to get inside, but I know the fear would paralyze me. I love to go through its complete (so far) map, though. » 3/28/14 2:57am 3/28/14 2:57am

New Maps Show Forests Disappearing in Real Time

The world is vast and travel budgets finite, so looking for deforestation as it's happening all over the world is nigh impossible. That is, of course, unless you have an all seeing eye in the sky—and, hey, you know what, there are satellites orbiting over all of our heads right now. Global Forest Watch is a new, near… » 2/21/14 10:20am 2/21/14 10:20am

Here's a map that shows the location of every Disney and Pixar movie

They are home to your favorite stories, your favorite songs, your favorite characters. You know so much about the Disney movies that you grew up with and the Pixar movies you love now but do you know where they're all located? No worries, this map by artist Eowyn Smith will show you. England sure gets a lot of Disney… » 2/10/14 11:39pm 2/10/14 11:39pm

These Geographically Accurate Subway Maps Reveal Where Trains Really Go

It's no secret that subway maps are mere approximations of geography. Designed for maximum readability, they map the subway system onto stylized curves and evenly spaced stops. Still, the images of these familiar maps distorted by geographic accuracy are more striking than I even imagined. » 1/31/14 10:00am 1/31/14 10:00am

This Beautiful Map of the Internet Is Insanely Detailed

Visualizing the internet is almost as difficult as ignoring trolls, but that didn't stop Jay Jason Simons from having a damn good try. The result is this beautiful and insanely detailed map. » 1/30/14 4:50am 1/30/14 4:50am

All the World's Preventable Disease Outbreaks, Visualized

Although medical science has advanced immeasurably in the last century, many preventable diseases still claim lives due to ineffective vaccination programs. This map shows when and where that happens. » 1/21/14 7:00am 1/21/14 7:00am

Toilet Paper Trends Reveal A Lot of Crap About Your Country

We all have to poop, but how we deal with it changes with age. For babies, it's diapers. For the elderly, it's, well, adult diapers. And, for most of the rest of us, it's toilet paper. » 1/20/14 4:05pm 1/20/14 4:05pm

The World's Most (and Least) Populous Places Revealed In a Single Map

We've seen a lot of world population maps, but this might just be prettiest one yet. Simple black lines trace the population density by latitude, so that a few cities, labeled in yellow, tower like the skyscrapers over the land. It's not unlike a cartographical version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album cover. » 1/09/14 1:40pm 1/09/14 1:40pm

The most photographed places in the world

These are the most photographed places in the world according to Google Maps' Panoramio service, which collects geolocated images uploaded by Google users. Of course, many people take photos and don't upload them to Google Maps but to other local services. In any case, it's a very neat map. » 12/26/13 11:06pm 12/26/13 11:06pm

This Map Shows Where People Are Dropping the F-Bomb Right Now

If you've ever wondered which nation has the sweariest Twitter users, wonder no longer: this wonderful maps shows you where the F-bomb is being dropped right now. » 11/08/13 7:25am 11/08/13 7:25am

This Map Shows the DDoS Attacks Happening Across the World Right Now

Yesterday, Google announced Project Shield, a suite of free tools to help small websites stay online during DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks. To accompany it, Google has also made available a live map of DDoS attacks which shows when and where they're happening. » 10/22/13 5:30am 10/22/13 5:30am

The Most Popular Websites in the World, Country-by-Country

If you've ever wondered what the go-to web page was around the rest of planet, wonder no longer. This map shows the most visited websites around the world, broken down country-by-country. » 10/03/13 9:55am 10/03/13 9:55am