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Fantastic Geo-Historical Visualization of California’s Inland Delta

By Martin W. Lewis | June 12, 2012 |

A new interactive website on the changing conditions in California’s inland delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers provides one of the best visualizations in historical geography that I have every seen. Produced as a collaborative project of called QUEST, KQED’s science and environment program, the San Francisco Estuary Institute’s Aquatic Science Center, and Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center …

Our Maps of the 18th Century—and Theirs

By Martin W. Lewis | April 8, 2011 |
Europe of 1700, from Euratlas

Sovereign states provide the building-blocks of contemporary world mapping. A simple image search of “world map” reveals the state-centered focus of our geographical imagination: a few of the maps returned provide land-mass outlines, and a few others depict continental divisions, but most show the world as neatly partitioned into independent countries. At a more local

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