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Streetchange is an MIT experiment that measures changes in the physical appearances of neighborhoods using a computer vision algorithm. Streetchange algorithmically compares Google Street View images of the same location captured in different years.
How much of the earth is visible from any given location? With this tool, you can generate a radial sight map of what you can see, while standing anywhere in the world.
What would happen if you dug a tunnel to the other side of the world? This map helps you find the antipodes (the other side of the world) of any place on Earth.
A search engine for street names. Enter a pair of street names to see if they intersect somewhere in the U.S.
This is a visual road trip through the western U.S., sequenced together from Google Map images. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
This Chrome experiment from Google lets you trace lines around a canvas, and automatically finds maps which correlate to your art.
Map to Globe lets you convert maps to globes, and can even re-project them and generate spinning animations. You can also just have the site create a globe on its own by giving it some parameters.
It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a "projection" to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.
Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger.