As the election nears, our country can at times feel like a hideous and hateful place. Let this map of the United States’ river basins made by Imgur user Fejetlenfej remind you that, at the very least, our country can be beautiful. Fejetlenfej—a geographer who sells their maps on Etsy—created the image using QGIS software, which is an open-source geographic information system. The map depicts both“the permanent and temporary streams and rivers,” the creator explained. They divided the streams into catchment areas, which show when rainfall flows into a river, lake, or reservoir. Using the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which is a system used by geologists to define stream sizes, Fejetlenfej explained that on the map, “the higher the stream order, the thicker the line.”
Bask in the beauty of our nation’s river basins for a moment today. Before it’s too late.