Wednesday, February 24, 2010

United Squares of America

"Seven squared plus one more ago, our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all sides are created equal."

The Lower 48 and the District
"From square to shining square..."

A historical note:
The District of Columbia was originally a 10 x 10 sq. mi. square, but in 1847 the southern portion was returned to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

1 pixel = 2 x 2 sq. km.

Map with state labels:

The Upper 1

Alaska is larger than all but 18 nations, has the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states, and is over 2x larger than Texas. Alaska has more than 2,500 named islands.

In this map, we preserve the scaling 1 pixel = 4 sq. km.

There are two maps: one with no text labels for the islands, and one with labels for islands with land area greater than roughly 200 sq. km. (~7 x 7 pixels)

Text labeled:


Hawaii is the only U.S. state that has no straight line in its boundary.

a.k.a The Squares and Squares

This is the end of the geography lesson.

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