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12 Maps That Changed the World
Atlantic, by Uri Friedman

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/31/2013 1:03:20 PM

In June 2012, Brian McClendon, an executive at Google, announced that Google Maps and Google Earth were part of a far loftier pursuit than edging out Apple and Facebook in the map services market. Google, McClendon wrote in a blog post, was engaged in nothing less than a "never-ending quest for the perfect map." "We’ve been building a comprehensive base map of the entire globe—based on public and commercial data, imagery from every level (satellite, aerial and street level) and the collective knowledge of our millions of users," McClendon noted. By strapping cameras to the backs of intrepid hikers, mobilizing users

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 12/31/2013 1:47:49 PM     (No. 9674348)

When recreational boaters began comparing their GPS plots relative to the nautical charts produced by NOAA, which had been relied upon by everyone (including the Navy) for years, it was discovered that those charts can be off by up to several miles.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bobn.t, 12/31/2013 4:06:34 PM     (No. 9674482)

The only map that I´m interested in is the one showing the declining number of blue states in 2014 and 2016.

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