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MapMaker: Amazonian Tree Cover Loss

Deforestation is when humans remove or thin forests for lumber or to use the land where the trees stood for crops, grazing, extraction (mining, oil, o...

MapMaker: Transatlantic and Intra-Americas Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade forced 12.5 million African people into slavery and set up a gruesome triangle of the trade from Europe to Africa to the...


MapMaker: Sea Surface Temperature

The temperature of the ocean impacts climate globally and regionally and contributes to storm intensity. Explore sea surface temperature with this int...


MapMaker: Global Water Risk Index

Not everyone on the planet has equal access to potable water. Use this map layer to develop a better understanding of how much water is available to l...


MapMaker: Global Dams

A dam holds water for later use, irrigation, navigation, hydroelectricity, flood control, fishing, and recreation. Explore dams worldwide with this ma...

MapMaker: Terrestrial Biodiversity Hotspots

Biodiversity hotspots are regions characterized both by exceptional levels of plant endemism and serious levels of habitat loss. Use this map lay...



MapMaker: Elevation

Elevation is the distance above sea level of a given location and impacts a location's temperature, the amount of precipitation it receives, and as a ...

MapMaker: Pristine Seas

National Geographic’s Pristine Seas initiative explores some of the ocean’s wildest places and works with partners to inspire the creation...


MapMaker: Martin Luther King Jr. Roadways

Explore streets named after civil rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and Baptist minister Martin Luther King, Jr....


MapMaker: United States Demographics—Ethnicity

Explore the self-reported ethnicity of the United States with this map layer build from census data.


MapMaker: Current United States Wildfires and Perimeters

Use this map layer to find out where wildfires and prescribed fires are currently burning in the United States. ...

MapMaker: 2020 United States Apportionment

The process to determine how many representatives each state receives in the House of Representatives is called apportionment. ...



MapMaker: Generations

Use this map layer to visualize seven active generations that make up the current population of the United States at multiple scales (country-level to...

MapMaker: Redlining in the United States

Redlining is a racially discriminatory and, now, illegal practice of devaluing homes in racially mixed or neighborhoods with few or no white residents...


MapMaker: Global Biomes

Use this map layer to visualize the characteristics of Earth’s biomes, such as forests, grasslands, mangroves, and ice....


MapMaker: Light Pollution

Light pollution, or artificial light at night, is the excessive or poor use of artificial outdoor light, and it disrupts the natural patterns of wildl...


MapMaker: Earthquakes and Shake Intensity (Last 30 Days)

Explore the earthquakes occurring in the last 30 days and the extent of their shaking with this map layer....

MapMaker: Global Human Footprint

Earth’s human footprint measures the relationship between the human consumption of resources and the number of resources the Earth can supply. E...



Colonial Expansion and the Transition of Land

When the British colonists landed in North America at the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, they lived peacefully with Native Americans for about 60 y...

The Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears

The Cherokee adjusted to White U.S. culture and won a case at the Supreme Court, but were still forced off their land.


MapMaker: World Time Zones

Modern time zones created a standardized method for telling time in a globalized world. ...


MapMaker: Precipitation

Use this map layer to visualize the minimum precipitation per month (cm) around the world. ...


MapMaker: Surface Air Temperature

Explore Earth’s mean surface air temperature averaged from 1981-2010 as calculated by the Copernicus Climate Change Service....

MapMaker: United States Tornadoes

Use this map layer to visualize large and violent tornado tracks from EF-4 and EF-5 tornadoes that occurred between 2000-2017....



MapMaker: Major Hurricane Tracks

Use this map layer to visualize large and destructive tropical cyclones that occurred between 1842 and 2015.