We have looked at maps created by George of MyReadingMapped many times in the past. However, due to technical issues he shut the site down earlier this year.
He has kindly provided us with some of the KMLs from his vast collection and allowed us to make them available here on GEB. You can download all 155 individual KML files as a ZIP file here. In addition, we have combined them into a single KMZ file and attempted to organize them into folders to make it easier to find what you are interested in. Download the combined KMZ file here.
So what sort of maps can you expect to find?
- Maps of explorers and famous travels including ocean voyages, overland exploration and polar expeditions.
- Maps of ancient civilizations, ruins, lost cities, ghost towns, castles and more.
- Science and the environment:
- Maps for use in teaching geology, ecology and geography.
- Maps relating to the oceans.
- Maps relating to climate change.
- Maps of fossil sites.
- Maps about pollution.
- Maps of disease outbreaks.
- Maps of historic train wrecks, plane crashes and shipwrecks many of which can be seen in Google Earth imagery.
- Maps of wars and historic battles.
- Maps of current events, such as the Trayvon Martin murder case and Boston Marathon Manhunt.
- Maps relating to famous artists.
And many more.
So which are our favourites? To be honest we have not had time to go through them all yet, but they all look interesting and worth a look. Probably the most useful are the ones that can be used in the science classroom, such as the topography of Plate Tectonics or Terrestrial Biomes, amongst others.
Expect to be overwhelmed by the wealth of data.