Maps on my Mind

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I love a map. I can spend quality time with a map. Today I discovered a site that does strange and unexpected things with maps: Strange Maps. This site is a delightful exploration and romp.

I had maps on my mind today because The US Holocaust Memorial Museum and Google Earth have teamed up on a project called Crisis in Darfur. Crisis in Darfur, announced today,

enables more than 200 million Google Earth users worldwide to visualize and better understand the genocide currently unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. The Museum has assembled content—photographs, data, and eyewitness testimony—from a number of sources that are brought together for the first time in Google Earth.

If you are familiar with Google earth you know that high resolution satellite images are used to map the earth, sometimes in 3D. (You have to download and install Google Earth software.) This information has been overlain with photos, data, and testimony from the Holocaust Memorial Museum to create a unique genocide prevention tool.

The Crisis in Darfur project can hardly be termed a delightful exploration and romp. But it is certainly an important new technological advance in the area of human rights. Maybe seeing it on the map will finally galvanize people into taking action to end the crisis.

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