Questions tagged [mapping]

The process of translating spatially organized knowledge of an area or place into a geographic medium. Can include the production of physical/paper maps and atlases, geocoded data, or interactive virtual maps produced using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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Where on Earth is the magnetic field intensity stronger?

Are there places on Earth that have a strong magnetic field other than the magnetic north and south poles? Can living where (rare) earth magnetic ore is abundant provide a mini-magnetoshere?
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What is the line crossing the Pacific Ocean that is shown on maps?

The picture below shows an imaginary line on the globe which crosses the Pacific Ocean and works as a rough separator of the Eastern and Western hemispheres. What is this line called in English? I'm ...
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How to measure stretching direction on chocolate-tablet boudins?

This has always bothered me during field mapping: A boudin with two stretching directions has the form of an M&M candy (or almond shape). What do I do to measure the two stretching directions if ...
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Where to find an accurate Mercator Projection world image?

I'm sorry if this doesn't fit "Earth Science" too well. No idea where else to ask this! Can anyone help me find an accurate world map in Mercator Projection? It doesn't need political borders or too ...
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Standardized scale for coastline length or mapping in general?

Measuring the length of a coastline depends on the scale of the measuring tool. The smaller the scale of your tool, the longer will your measured coastline be. The reason for this is the fractal ...
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Can living where (rare) earth magnetic ore is abundant provide any protection from cosmic radiation?

Can living in a region that is rich in (rare) earth metal that has an inherently strong magnetic field provide any protection from cosmic radiation? Where are the strongest magnetic field other than ...
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Are there seamounts as close as 100 m to the water surface and not inside any Exclusive Economic Zone?

I did not find any seamounts as close as 100 m to the water surface (100m from the mean surface level at the location of the mountain) that are not part of any Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ.) Do any ...
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Is there a map that displays every country at its correct relative size?

I know that the standard Mercator projection is completely wrong when it comes to the relative sizes of countries (Greenland appears relatively much larger than in reality, for example). AFAIK they do ...
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A circle shape in Madagascar

I was seeing Madagascar on Google Maps and accidentally i saw a circle shape near Bebao. Coordinates are 17.4317443°E and 44.644248°S. Please, to satisfy my curiosity, can you tell me why is this ...
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Inconsistency between topographic survey and Google Earth

For a piece of land in Peru (Zone 18K), I was provided the following UTM coordinates (showing just one): 140800 E 8176337 N. However, when I look up the site on Google Earth, while the N coordinate is ...
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What is the average color of soil?

Where I live the soil is red. Is there a map or chart where you can see the average color of the dirt according to geographical location? What would the color be if all of the dirt on Earth was ...
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Interpreting a geological map

I have a homework question that I'm stuck on, I have attempted interpreting this map but am not sure if I have to correct interpretation. What is the youngest/oldest rock in the geological ...
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Maps and Faults

I'm having trouble determining the type of fault represented on this map. What type of fault is represented on this map? What is the fault orientation? What does this mean?, Do I do this by working ...
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Has Antarctica's coastline been completely mapped? (map discrepancies)

Looking at different world maps, I noticed that there is considerable variety in how the coastline of Antarctica is depicted (even when taking the different map projections into consideration). Are ...
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At what depth does the underground begin to warm up?

Spring water comes out colder from being underground. But if you get deeper the temperature goes up. At what depth does the underground stop getting colder and begins getting warmer? Is there a map ...
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What is the chasm in the Arctic on Google satellite map?

In the image below, taken from Google Maps satellite view, between Svalbard and Greenland there is what looks like a massive crevasse, chasm, crack, &c. What is it? Should I be worried?
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What are the best maps, if any, we have of the convection cells in the Earth's mantle?

As the title states, what maps, if any, do we have of convection currents inside the Earth's mantle, and which would you suggest to be the most detailed and accurate?
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What are these clearings in Amazon rainforest?

I was surfing around on Google Maps and found dozens of clearings amid a sea of vegetation. What are they? Some look like rocks, others can't be made out due to the image resolution. Here is one ...
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Where on Earth has the least changing temperature? [closed]

Is there a map that shows places where the temperature changes the least season to season? Is there a place on Earth where the temperature is the most constant in a comfortable range?
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How much of Earth's land area has antipodal land area?

Using the site antipodesmap one can quickly explore what the opposite point of the earth to any location would be. That is, the surface point connected to this point by a straight line through the ...
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Topographic Maps

I have a question about a project I have for school. I have to make a topographic map of a made up island. I was wondering if the placement of the contour lines and the index lines are correct. Also ...
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Realtime planetary gravity maps?

I'm trying to find maps of realtime (or at least periodically updated / semi-realtime) gravity maps of Earth. I was hoping that GOCE might have something like this available, but I've been hitting a ...
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Where are the magnetopheres weak points on Earth?

The picture below shows how a magnetosphere has defined points on the solid magnet and on the moon where cosmic radiation has a window, gap, or focal point. I'm not sure what to call these areas? ...
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Does the position of the Earth's axis affect the position and shape of its continents?

If somehow we were to move the Earth's axis of rotation to, say, Mexico, making some spot in Mexico effectively the North Pole, would this change how the continental plates drift over time, thereby ...
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Is there a measure for the “dominance” of a city's population?

since there are topological isolation as well as prominence as measures to describe how "dominant" a summit is in comparison to the ones surrounding it, I was thinking about a similar measure to ...
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Street and road data

Where do companies like Google and Yahoo and Mapquest get their street and road data? Is this a data source that the public has access to?
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Resource for scientific maps?

I need an administrative division map of england for a motivation for some scientific workshop. I don't want to cite wikipedia for this. Sadly I can't find any official resources and I don't really ...
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What are these radial line patterns shown in representations of antarctica?

In the video of the recent Iridium-6/GRACE-FO launch at about T+ 33:00 (curently at 49:00 in the video) the 2nd stage passes ...
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Where on Earth is the highest none polar magnetic fields?

Is there anywhere that magnetic ore deposits are strong enough to have a magnetic field that would be stronger then Earths' magnetic poles by proximity? I'm not asking Where on Earth is the ...
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Software to draw maps based on Earth

I am looking for a tool to sketch changes to Earth. It should start with a geoid or an Earth model, rise/lower/flood selected areas. "Heal" boardersk: if an island is added in an ocean height shouldn'...
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How would one go about drawing the contour lines for this map in order to draw the cross section?

Good Day. We Received this map as practice for our Geology university module and I have no idea how to draw the strike lines where the different heights intersect the different rock types in order to ...
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Where on Earth does the wind only blow one way?

Is there a place on Earth that if the wind is blowing its only blowing (here is the twist) in the same direction from the ground to 53 km high?
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How do we know the Arctic is just ice?

If I look at an Earth's map, the Arctic/North Pole always appears just like water. Evidently this is actually covered by ice, with an area depending on the time of the year. If this area is bigger ...
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How to map (survey) the structure of crust

Mapping the bottom of the ocean is called seafloor mapping. I was wondering what mapping underground is called, such as when locating caves and caverns. I have seen it in movies, and I'm ...
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Geological maps of British Columbia

I’ve been doing research into mineral deposits in B.C. I’ve been overlaying old claims maps onto Google Earth maps. Are there any good public maps for metallic minerals for British Columbia online?
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Complete missing outcrop problem

Given A is upper limit of sand stone, B is the lower limit of the planes that are equal in distance and dip. Dip angle is 29 degrees. Complete the outcrop of this map. —————————————————————————- Now I ...
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Would ultrasound be a valid method of mapping ocean floors given the perceived “gel” is ocean water?

I am a scuba diver, with a big idea that would require me to map various dive sites as I went to them and dove in them. The typical size and other implications of sonar technology would essentially ...
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Gnomonic projection of a curves with constant latitude

If we consider gnomonic projection, what are projections of curves with constant latitude. For example, we know that great circles are projected to straight lines. So, equator should be projected on a ...
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Distortion-free map of all continents [closed]

I've been searching for a map that shows all continents in their actual size that is free of projection distortion, to no avail. Every map I found was of a particular projection type and as such ...
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How to determine ocean bottom depth for a data set consisting of longitude and latitude?

Given a data set which consists of pairs of longitudes and latitudes, is it possible to determine an estimate of the ocean bottom depth at that point? I can find maps of estimated sea depths online (...
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map projections that minimises differences

I have an odd map projection requirement, but I would like a world map projection where even very small countries, like Luxembourg or Belgium are still visible when also showing China and Canada on ...
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Coloring maps by feature orientation

I live in the SF Bay Area where many, but not all, geological features are oriented parallel to the San Andreas Fault. I was wondering if there’s a type of map where ridges are colored by compass ...
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How would our weather change in the event of a magnetic pole shift?

Every two hundred thousand years or so the magnetic poles flip. Obviously it is not life ending but how would our weather change? How long does the transition take? Is there a map or model to show ...
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Does Martin Ledge uncover?

In the current Wikipedia article for Martin Ledge it reads: "Martin Ledge is small barren rocks that barely stick out of the waters". However, the NOAA chart for the area shows a low tide depth of 16 ...
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Drawing strike lines when given strike and dip

Map 1 shows a hillside with topographic contours at 50 m intervals. At Locality A a coal seam is exposed at the surface. The strike and dip of the seam is as indicated on the map. Use this information ...
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How to Interpret this set of Latitude and Longitude?

I have a house's coordinates that I know is in LA, Ventura, or Orange county, California and it says the latitude and longitude are ...
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International Timing Zone

Why not make International Timing Zone just a straight line like this?
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convert .srtm to xyz ord grd

I need to plot bathymetry map of my study region and need to convert the .srtm to .xyz or .grd format to use GMT. I tried to do this with grdraster and xyz2grd, but got wrong results. I found that ...
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Does anyone have a geological map 1 / 1 000 000 or 1 / 50k of Morocco in HD?

I am having a problem reading in my low version map. Besides, any tips on where I can find "free" maps? Thank you!
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Diomede Islands

Are the Diomede Islands part of North America or Asia? I cannot find a credible, clear answer online. Only that the islands were part of the land bridge between the two continents.