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urbangeographies:

British Headquarters Map of New York, 1782
This faithful copy of the British Headquarters Map of New York of 1782, compiled from the original by BF Stevens and published in limited numbers in 1900, is located in the David Rumsey Map Collection. The British Army created this map during its occupation of New York City during the American Revolution. When I saw the original in an exhibition at the City Museum of New York City, I was amazed at the map’s size and detail:  comprised of a series of 24 sheets, the full mounted wall map stretched 10 feet wide by 4 feet high. This detailed military map shows the locations of natural features, such as salt marshes, streams, hills, and woods, which army cartographers considered important obstacles to soldiers as they traveled the island.
It was this map that Eric Sanderson came across as he was beginning to work on the “Mannahatta Project” to recreate the island’s ecology in 1609, when Henry Hudson first sailed into New York Bay and up the river that now bears his name. The map was an important discovery because of the degree of topographic detail and range of natural features it depicts. For instance, the map even shows what type of trees grew in a stand — green triangular shapes represent evergreens while rounded tufts represent deciduous trees. No other map of Manhattan Island from this era depicts so many natural features in such detail. The online version of this map available in the David Rumsey Map Collection includes a useful “zoom” device to change the scale. A fascinating historical document for those of us with urban, landscape, and environmental interests!

urbangeographies:

British Headquarters Map of New York, 1782

This faithful copy of the British Headquarters Map of New York of 1782, compiled from the original by BF Stevens and published in limited numbers in 1900, is located in the David Rumsey Map Collection. The British Army created this map during its occupation of New York City during the American Revolution. When I saw the original in an exhibition at the City Museum of New York City, I was amazed at the map’s size and detail:  comprised of a series of 24 sheets, the full mounted wall map stretched 10 feet wide by 4 feet high. This detailed military map shows the locations of natural features, such as salt marshes, streams, hills, and woods, which army cartographers considered important obstacles to soldiers as they traveled the island.

It was this map that Eric Sanderson came across as he was beginning to work on the “Mannahatta Project” to recreate the island’s ecology in 1609, when Henry Hudson first sailed into New York Bay and up the river that now bears his name. The map was an important discovery because of the degree of topographic detail and range of natural features it depicts. For instance, the map even shows what type of trees grew in a stand — green triangular shapes represent evergreens while rounded tufts represent deciduous trees. No other map of Manhattan Island from this era depicts so many natural features in such detail. The online version of this map available in the David Rumsey Map Collection includes a useful “zoom” device to change the scale. A fascinating historical document for those of us with urban, landscape, and environmental interests!

Lil Kim in a… is it a ski suit?

Lil Kim in a… is it a ski suit?

"Aaliyah on a computer"

"Aaliyah on a computer"

gettyimages:

Israel continues Gaza air assault overnight

Top photo: Israeli fire fighters extinguish vehicles destroyed by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip that hit a gas station in the city of Ashdod in southern Israel on July 11,2014 - Photo by David Buimovitch/AFP/Getty Images

Middle Photo: A ball of fire is seen following an early morning Israeli air strike, on July 11, 2014, on Rafah in the southern of Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes kept up deadly raids on Gaza but failed to stop Palestinian militants firing rockets across the border, as the United States offered to help negotiate a truce - Photo by Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Bottom photo: Israeli air attack on a house in Rafah kill 5 Palestinians and wound 15 others on July 11, 2014 in Gaza - Photo by Eyad Al Baba/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Reuters:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defence detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 7, 2014. (REUTERS/KCNA)

Looks like a bunch of 1951 war reenactors

Reuters:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses with soldiers during an inspection of the defence detachment on Ung Islet, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang July 7, 2014. (REUTERS/KCNA)

Looks like a bunch of 1951 war reenactors

beingzillah:

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter plane arrives at Iraq’s al-Muthanna military airbase at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, July 1, 2014. Iraq’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that the second batch of Russian Sukhoi (Su-25) fighter jets that arrived in Baghdad will be used to back Iraqi troops that continue to battle Islamic State militants, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the country’s northern provinces. (REUTERS/Stringer)

beingzillah:

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter plane arrives at Iraq’s al-Muthanna military airbase at Baghdad airport, in Baghdad, July 1, 2014. Iraq’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that the second batch of Russian Sukhoi (Su-25) fighter jets that arrived in Baghdad will be used to back Iraqi troops that continue to battle Islamic State militants, previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the country’s northern provinces. (REUTERS/Stringer)

mangomamita:

the deeper you go the bluer the water gets

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