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Unusual Map Websites

Updated on March 2, 2016

When we think of maps we think about directions, streets, cities, states or countries. We refer to them when we are lost or trying to get there from here. Maps are visual representations of areas and space. They can depict in symbols not only regions but objects, weather, themes and so much more. Cartographers are craftsmen and women who see things according to scale and context. Following are 10 unusual map websites to explore.


UFO HUNTERS MAP -

This cool interactive map is sponsored by History.com. Different color cones over areas on the world map represent everything from Roswell data to abductions, sightings, investigations, hoaxes and secret aircraft. There's a section that explores the unexplained as well as information about worldwide UFO conferences. By hovering and clicking over areas of the map, details pop up which can include videos and photos. UFO Hunters Map is well worth checking out whether you are a believer or not.

http://www.ufo-hunters.com/sightings/maps



MUSIC MAP -

Called "The Landscape of Music", this music map explores the relations between musicians or groups. Everyone from Snoop Dogg to The Beatles to Beethoven is there, By clicking on a name, a map comes up showing the relationship. By further clicking, a music video of the artist opens in another window. I haven't quite figured it all out yet but managed to listen to some good music while trying. This map is interactive and has zooming capabilities. It is worth a visit even if only to reminisce.

http://www.music-map.com/

 

MAP OF ONLINE COMMUNITIES

This map has been around for awhile but it's fun. Originally the brainchild of XKCD, this map looks like a treasure map at first glance. But there's more to it than that. Size and location on the map indicate use and popularity of different online communities like Facebook, Xanga and others. The north seems to represent more practical communities and the south more technical and intellectual sites. Randall Munroe, owner of this webcomic site, updates regularly and follows trends and movements in the online community world.

http://xkcd.com/802/


LIVE EXPEDITION TRACKER MAP -

This interactive map is sponsored by National Geographic and tracks ongoing ocean projects. Here you can find out what scientists and explorers are up to all over the world. By hovering your cursor over a blinking icon on the map, you can open a window giving specific information on a current ocean project. If you are interested in marine life and what is being done to protect it this map may be for you. Several other informative links are provided all with the usual National Geographic style.

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/expedition-tracker



SOUNDMAP -

This database of city sounds from around the world is awesome. It is a very comprehensive site. Soundcities is a 12 year collection of recorded sounds from world cities. Easy to navigate links bring you to your choice of city. From there you can listen to everything from industrial sounds, to trains to birds. You can choose to listen by city or by mood. They even encourage visitors to contribute their own found sounds. You won't want to miss this site.

soundmap


FLIGHT AWARE -

Whether you are a traveler or just interested in aviation around the world, the Live Flight Tracker at Flight Aware keeps you in the know. This site makes it easy to track flights, monitor airport activity and check for delays. You can browse by aircraft type, carrier or airport. The live interactive map is buzzing with color. Links are easy to find and include a real time airspace map, an animated airspace movie and time lapse images. They have over 119 million flights in their database.

http://flightaware.com/live/

 

SKY MAP -

Even if you are only a little interested in astronomy, Sky-Map.org is a fascinating site. The universe becomes all the more vast but is broken down into understandable chunks. The up-to-date views from the Hubble make you feel as if you are there. Besides wandering through nebulae and galaxies, Sky-Map offers news, press releases, a blog and forums. This colorful site takes space seriously and propels the visitor to other worlds. Photos are clear and enthralling. This site is well worth a visit.

http://www.sky-map.org/

 

NEWS MAP -

News Map combines Google Maps with Yahoo news. Clicking on a region or particular country will retrieve news from there. You can zoom in to get state or provincial headlines and yet another zoom will display the news in larger cities. This site has over 3000 larger cities in its database and growing. Links include most world regions and the map has both satellite and hybrid options. This is a pretty cool website for the news junkie.

http://muti.co.za/static/newsmap.html


METEOR IMPACT MAP -

Did you ever wonder where on earth those meteors and asteroids land? Geology.com offers an interactive world map where exploring earth's more obvious meteor craters and asteroid impact sites is easy. Just click on the red flag and zoom in - it's as simple as that. You can drag the map to check out other areas. This site also features interesting links to all kinds of meteor information, You can choose to view the map in satellite or hybrid mode.

http://geology.com/meteor-impact-craters.shtml



THE MOVIE MAP -

For film buffs everywhere, The Movie Map.com is a great source of information. In conjunction with Google Maps, finding worldwide film locations is a snap. You can search by location or find a movie by name using an alphabetized link above the map. You can check out the house Rocky lived in or the Burger King featured in Back to the Future. By clicking on film icons, a window opens with tabs for information, photos and links. The Movie Map encourages contributions to their database. It's a really fun place to explore.

http://www.themoviemap.com/film-locations/featured/

Which of these maps are you more likely to check out?

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      ixwa 6 years ago

      What you presented here is my line of interest and extremely illuminating and mind expanding and eye popping! This is impressive and I am going to bookmark this hub for further re-reading, watching and listening to the various universal sound system. Great and excellent hub! Need to be read and and watched. Thanks for the websites and the visuals!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you, Ixwa, for your kind words and for taking the time to read my Hub.

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      "Quill" 6 years ago

      Well done and so well put together... going looking now as you have peeked my interest.

      Thank you as always...

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow my dear friend, this is an awesome hub, I love it. I am so impreesed and I am going to try these sites. I will add this to my favorites. Yes, thumbs up for you

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      syras mamun 6 years ago

      This is simply an awesome map site collection.Meteor impact map is my fav.thank you much :)

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      tjmatel3 6 years ago from McDonough, GA

      Thanks for taking the time to present such a detailed and interest-peaking hub. I've always known that the web holds many interesting corners, but it takes a great writer to bring those to my computer screen. Thanks, Suzie!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Wow, susiecat! I'll be putting this next to my Google Map for future reference.

      Great stuff!

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I was certainly unaware of all these map sites. Could be useful.

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      loriamoore 6 years ago

      Oh what fun!

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      Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

      Hi Suziecat - Thank you very much for the descriptions and the links. I have used flightaware and sky-map, but the others are new to me. Good article, nicely done.

      Gus :-)))

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      DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Cool beans! Thanks for the links - bookmarked it!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Quill - Nice to see you. Glad you enjoyed.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Darlene - thank you so much.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Andromida - The meteor map is pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Wow - I had no idea there were so many map websites - I love the music one!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Tjmatel - Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lorlie - thanks.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      dagohund - Some of these are kind of fun as well as useful. Thanks for commenting.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is a great idea for a post, and you did a nice job with it!!!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      I got it "mapped out." Thanks for mapping it out for me. Our lives are mapped out by our DNA... More maps than a feller can shake a stick at...

      Seriously, to have an idea of the parameters of what you seek/need must be presented in a manner we can understand with enough "details" to indicate where and what we need. Thanks for sharing.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Loria - I thought so too. Thanks for reading.

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      NCBIer 6 years ago

      Remarkable collection of truly interesting sites. My son is studying geography and maps and this hub will be a great diversion from the traditional. Thanks for the hub!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Cool hub. I'm going to share this with friends. Nice to meet another writer from NC. :)

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Gus - Thank you. Glad you could stop by.

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      supplies expert 6 years ago

      movie & music maps are by far the coolest finds!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dave - thanks so much for your comment. Glad you liked it.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Akirchner - Always great to see you - yes, the music map is very different.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Carolina.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dallas - thank you for your thoughts.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      NCBier - Hope these sites help. Thanks for stopping by.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Utterly fascinating! The only one I knew about was FlightTracker. What a great collection you assembled. I love all kinds of maps. Thank you!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Denise - nice to meet you too - thank you for the comment.

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      paulstephenuk 6 years ago from London, UK

      Great Hub, just lost a few hours of my time browsing through the maps lol!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Supplies - I agree.

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      Cathy Nerujen 6 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      I loved checking this hub out. I adore maps, they can give us so much. Wow, so many all in one hub! This is a treat. :)

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      hearing aids pune 6 years ago

      Thanks for the useful info ...

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      James - You are welcome - glad you liked it.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Paulstephen - They are fun maps. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for commenting.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Public maps in Google Maps. I am directing a walk on Saturday. Will have to check this out. Thank you!

      I love walking and to be able to retain - great! Add video to the map! Add photos to the map! And video too! OMG! Wow! Do I have work to do! Thank you!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Astra - Thank you for taking the time to read this. I like maps too.

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      ralwus 6 years ago

      Gee all the cool links are great suzie, thanks. CC

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      GmaGoldie - You're welcome and don't work toooo hard.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      These are really interesting sites. I must venture into them one by one ! Thanks for the good research.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ralwus - Thanks - glad you enjoyed.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ingenira - You are welcome. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

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      Seakay 6 years ago from Florida

      Love reading your hubs. You are so meticulous about detail. Well Done!

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      Caroline Paulison Andrew 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      This is a great collection of some really cool sites! Voted up--and am bookmarking!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hey susiecat, this an interesting hub, I even clicked on a couple of them. I'm going to bookmark this one and come back again. I think this is worth a Digg also.

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      jstankevicz 6 years ago from Cave Creek

      Fun Hub! I checked out our own Arizona meteor crater and the Online community map so far.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Seakay.

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      CollB 6 years ago

      Really amazing. Thank you for sharing these websites!

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      marycat 6 years ago

      A few years ago, I found a link to a time lapse map of Borger, TX. It showed the progression of the neighborhoods and locations of businesses and schools over the years. Is there any way to find that again?

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      Gordon Hamilton 6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      I love this and have actually sent a link to a friend with a specific request that he comment here as he couldn't read a map of his own back yard! :) When we go fishing, (OK - he drives) I am not only navigator, I occasionally have to convince him that we are in the right county, his sense of direction is so bad...

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Gordon - Well I'm not sure any of these maps will help your friend but I sure appreciate your stopping by.

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      sccanseco 4 years ago

      Another great hub topic and a very fun read! Cheers!

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