Mapping Every Disputed Territory in the World (by Max Galka)

One of a maps first set of purposes was to show troop movement and or territorial boundaries during ancient times.   The would show the land owned by a King or nobleman and sometimes those very same maps would cause a dispute which resulted in war.  Check out this article on how Google Maps and other map applications change the boundaries based upon a person IP address or geographical location.  Talk about political correctness.

Here is a portion of the article:

Some of the biggest geopolitical events in the world are centered around disputed territories, land whose sovereignty is claimed by more than one nation / occupying power.

At the other extreme, some territorial disputes involve land that would seem entirely worthless. The U.K., Iceland, and Denmark all assert ownership of Rockall Island, an 8,000 square foot rock in the middle of the North Atlantic, hundreds of miles from the nearest inhabited location.

From one extreme to the other, at least 124 countries (or “would-be” countries) are involved in a territorial dispute of some kind, involving, by my count, 105 separate territories.



Google maps improvements 

Google maps is a very useful tool, it has changed over the years but this week there are a few key changes that are coming. Read the article and see what you think. Readability is one of the key componets of using a map. Looks like these changes will help. 

A month after updating its satellite imagery with higher resolution photos, Google Maps is now cleaning up its standard road view to make its maps a bit easier to digest.
The company says its goal was to balance information without overcrowding maps, so its removing elements “that aren’t absolutely required.” It’s also changed the typography to help key areas of interest stand out more.