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Animated Flooding Maps – Storm Surge, Sea Level Rise And River Flooding

3 Mar

Some guy did a simulation animation of what would happen if Pittsburgh flooded due to things like a storm surge, sea level rise, or other event. Basically, downtown, the Strip District, Lawrenceville, the South Side and the North Shore are gone. Below are some other visualizations of this.

Thanks, and go check out the original post.


Blue represents the area covered by water; the topo map has been converted to grayscale so that you can see the water more easily.



Amazing 30-year Timelapse of Satellite Photos

10 May


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Google, Carnegie Mellon, Time, and NASA just made a map geek’s wet dream come true.  They created a map where you can watch an animation of a 30 year time lapse – anywhere on earth.  They highlight some really dramatic scenes like the growth of Dubai, the melting glaciers, mountaintop removal sites, and the loss of rainforest. You can watch as Las Vegas’ sprawl devours the land and sucks a lake dry.

But, we have our own fairly interesting stories being told on this map, as our city changed significantly over the last 30 years. For instance, you can watch I-279N sprout out of the city, grow north, then blossom into the norther burbs.  You can also see Homestead go from steel mills, to brownfields, to sprawling shopping mall.  It’s quite fascinating, however scary it is.

There’s plenty of fun stuff to waste time looking at.

Say goodbye to your evening here: world.time.com/timelapse

The incredible expanding Pittsburgh

13 Oct

There’s a lot of neighborhoods here. It all started with the fort that is now downtown. This is how we grew.

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