A couple of days ago, this blog had its 200,000th hit.
I’m glad it’s attracted so many readers. Back in June, I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in an interactive map blog. The answer is: about a thousand a day, more or less. Original maps will resume in January.
If you are looking for the eviction maps, they're linked from the post below this one.
A map of U.S. oil imports since 1973, using a more sophisticated use of polylines than I’m used to seeing. An animation shows change in source and volume over time. I’d be curious to know how the animation was done – I think it’s a series of screenshots.
A solar roof calculator tool driven by Google Maps. Find your house in the satellite view, draw the area that could be covered by solar panels, and get some information about the possible power generation potential. I’d like it better if it allowed for the differences in sunlight between regions, but still much better than nothing.
From the Map Room:
… For all the attention garnered by catastrophic hurricanes such as Katrina and Andrew, simple heatwaves kill far more people than all natural disasters combined, according to a newly published county-by-county map of natural hazard deaths.
Other extreme summer hazards, such as floods, and cold winter weather also outranked hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires, according to geographers Kevin Borden and Susan Cutter, of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
We should be doing much more with mapping mortality in general. As well as this U.S. data, there have been some outstanding British mortality maps.