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Ordnance Survey’s map of the Red Planet

Mars, our beloved Red Planet and possible space colony of the future has been mapped several times in the past but always in a fashion that made the map look alien (The map of Mars’ geology). Then again, map making is an art and there is a reason why Cartographers are the rock stars in this game.

Chris Wesson, a cartographic designer with Ordnance Survey,  Britain’s mapping agency has created an interesting map of Mars that the WIRED titled “A Map of Mars That’s Perfect for Everyday Earthlings” aka tech blog lingo for a paper map? I don’t know but it is certainly very interesting from a cartographic viewpoint.

The Ordnance Survey map of Mars

The Ordnance Survey map of Mars

Iconic Paper Maps – Ordnance Survey Mars Map

The planet Mars has become the latest subject in our long line of iconic OS paper maps. The one-off Ordnance Survey Mars map, created using NASA open data and made to a 1:4,000,000 scale, is made to see if our style of mapping has potential for future Mars missions. – Ordnance Survey blog post

The cartographic style for the mars map is somehow similar to other OS maps but there are certainly elements in the design that are different. If you are interested in understanding the thought process of the Cartographer, head over to Ordnance Survey blog post about the map – here’s the link.

The Mars Map is available as a paper map and is certainly destined to be hung on your wall as an art exhibit.

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The Uprooted: the sad reality of our times


Close to 50 million people have been uprooted from their the place they used to call home, due to war and violence – the largest number of displaced people since World War II. That’s the sad reality of our times. In spite of all the growth, the scientific and technological advancements, there is a sizeable population in this world that has been displaced from their homes due to violence.

The uprooted: Story map by ESRI

The uprooted: Story map by ESRI

The sad reality of our times

The worst humanitarian crisis since World War II and yet there is very little being done to alleviate the suffering of these people. Leaving behind the politics behind the crisis, it’s important to sensitise the people and create awareness about this issue.

A friend of mine, emailed me about this story map that paints a painful picture about the humanitarian crisis. Hopefully its serves as a reminder of the sad reality and that there is so much more that could be done.


If there are more such articles/story maps that you come across that could serve to create awareness about this issue, do let us know. Together, we can make a difference!

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