survey map

Writing has nothing to do with signifying.  It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come.
—  Gilles Deleuze
London now in 1801 map style

The Ordnance Survey is celebrating its 225th birthday by producing a map of modern London in 1801 cartographic style including, of course, numerous features not present two centuries ago - such as railways, the Blackwall Tunnel and the cable car across the Thames. Cartographer Chris Wesson has kept fonts, terminology and design as close to the orginal Ordnance Survey style as possible and copies of the full map due to go on sale in due course.

yellowyellowbluered  asked:

So the traverse is a tesseract (the comic book / movies type) at least? So, there is a "quake" and appears a new patch of land, and something like a drone does a survey and changes the map (so to speak?). So the inhabitants have to use something like a smartphone (call it a hailer) with gps?

Yeah, the Traverse is its own dimension outside of space and time, it’s also sentient! It occasionally changes its looks to fit a new style, which is an event called a State Shift. The entire city can change its layout and orientation so people are v. strongly suggested to acquire a Traverse Orb, sort of a catchall smartphone, computer, debit card, gps locator and map all in one. 

Scientists have released the first of several dark matter maps of the cosmos.

Researchers from the Dark Energy Survey used data captured by the Dark Energy Camera, a 570-megapixel imaging device that they say is one of the world’s most powerful digital cameras, to put together the largest contiguous map of dark matter created.

Scientists Release Largest Map Yet Of Dark Matter In The Cosmos

Photo Credit: Dark Energy Survey


How astronomers see the Universe through our galaxy

“What we call “the Zone of Avoidance” isn’t, as we commonly present it, a nearby region with very few galaxies. Although we’ve seen very few galaxies, in reality it’s most probably a region with just as many galaxies as the rest of the Universe, that just happens to be hard to see from our vantage point!”

If you want to look out into the Universe, all you need to do is gather the light it gives off. Unless, of course, there’s something in the way. For about 20% of the sky, that’s exactly the story for our own Milky Way galaxy, where the neutral gas and dust block most of the visible light everywhere we look, preventing us from observing the Universe beyond. However, this doesn’t mean we have no options: the gas and dust might block visible light, but longer wavelengths like radio and infrared can pass right through. Recently NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission mapped the entire sky in the infrared, including the entire galactic plane. It not only found many background galaxies, but it gave us a new window into what’s possible. Perhaps, with future missions, we’ll discover the cause of the “great attractor” phenomenon after all.

Two commanders dressed in the summer camouflage smocks survey a map in their Volkswagen Schwimmwagen. This vehicle was an amphibious car used extensively by both the Heer and the Waffen-SS during the war. The nearest man is decorated with the Ritterkreuz (Knight’s Cross).


Rio Bec

Río Bec is a Pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site located in what is now southern portion of the Mexican state of Campeche. The name also refers to an architectural style (Río Bec Style) that first appeared at Río Bec and subsequently spread to other nearby sites. The Río Bec Style is closely related to the Chenes architectural style found northwest of the Río Bec region.

The archaeological site

The Río Bec site was first mentioned by Austrian explorer Teoberto Maler at the end of the 19th century, though he never visited the site. The French explorer Maurice de Perigny was the first European to visit and report on the Río Bec. The site is now being excavated and restored by a group of French archaeologists from the CNRS headed by Dominique Michelet. They have located several architectural groups and their surveys and maps of several square kilometers give us a better understanding of the ancient settlement. Excavation of the principal building at Río Bec A, a building with three towers and several rooms, is now underway.

The Rio Bec architectural style

Río Bec temple pyramids are located in the central Maya lowlands. The temple-pyramids are characterized by a unique architectural style that began to appear during the seventh century A.D. and continued into the early twelfth century A.D. The temple-pyramids consist of a range-type building with typically two nonfunctional solid masonry towers on both ends of the range-type building. The twin-towers narrow with ascension in order to give an illusion of greater height. The twin-towers appear to have stairs along their faces leading to the temple that rests atop them. However, the steps are only a design motif that creates the illusion of functional stairs. Even if the steps were functional, the towers rise at steep vertical angles that would make ascending them difficult. The temples, which are located on the platform at the top of the Río Bec towers are inoperative as well. The temples are solid masses with no interior rooms. Pseudo-doorways, which have been built into niches in the fronts of the temples, give the appearance of a functional door. Despite their nonfunctional components, the Río Bec towers hold the typical decorations of a pyramid and its upper temple and at first glance are taken as functional pyramids. The purpose of the Río Bec temple-pyramids is unknown, but they do resemble the twin-tower complexes of Tikal.