xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 23 12:08 AM
November 23, 2008: Roads
Roads, streets, highways, thoroughfares, lanes, etc, of the USA.
That's it, just roads.
I wonder how much heat is retained by all that pavement?
I wonder how many reptiles get squashed basking in that warmth?
I now know why the chicken crossed the road, however, it had no choice.
amykins Sunday Nov 23 01:07 AM
Neato... Mmm...squashed reptiles, my fave. So should we be renaming this to something like the "Highest Likelihood of Finding Yummy Roadkill Map"?
ZenGum Sunday Nov 23 04:43 AM
I'd like to see the same done with railroads, and regular airline routes. I fear it would be very depressing in terms of inefficient transport.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 23 07:40 AM
I think you're missing the point. The same thing done with railroads and/or air routes wouldn't show anything but patterns without reference. They could be in Africa or Asia or on the Moon.
ZenGum Sunday Nov 23 07:51 AM
That was exactly the (well, my) point. Lots and lots of roads, very few railways.
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 23 08:09 AM
You do realize this image shows nothing but roads, right? Other than I told you, how do you know this is the USA? Because the pattern of roads show the outline, the boundaries and physical features like large lakes and mountainous regions. Rail and air routes would not show you that. There would be no reference.
mrputter Sunday Nov 23 09:07 AM
Now of course it wouldn't precisely match the US' political outline in the same striking manner as the road map above does. But I'd be rather surprised if some distorted phantom of the familiar american outline didn't appear, if for no other reason than because of all the large cities that dot the eastern and western coastlines.
I, too, would be interested in seeing such maps. If only to see how great the distortion was.
Gravdigr Sunday Nov 23 09:53 AM
BrianR Sunday Nov 23 06:51 PM
Looks like a track of my movements over the last few years...
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Nov 23 06:55 PM
TheMercenary Sunday Nov 23 09:32 PM
newtimer Sunday Nov 23 09:41 PM
sweetwater Sunday Nov 23 09:51 PM
classicman Sunday Nov 23 10:27 PM
andy_t_roo Sunday Nov 23 10:54 PM
for airlines http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=ewrOyeTjoiI is probably what you are looking for, and you can see the outline of the US there. I havn't seen anything like that for railroads though.
classicman Sunday Nov 23 10:58 PM
That is very cool.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Nov 24 12:29 AM
Thanks Andy, yes you do get a distorted general outline. Except the second part of the video that shows the flights over a map don't count.