Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Everyone loves a good map. In the era of digital apps, now map fun is much more interactive. Here are some of the best engaging maps on the internet
The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications is responsible for this all you need resource to monitor the impending apocalypse. Seriously, if some virus outbreak or toxic spill or space weather event is the precursor to the end of civilisation and you are waiting for the early warning signs, you cannot go wrong with this easy to navigate resource. Be warned, it does make you feel like a Bond villain supervising the downfall of society if you use it for too long or too late into the night
If you are a bit of a plane spotter, or your Mum is flying in to visit, this is the page for you. Track global air traffic in real time. Simple as that. Search by flight number, plane registration, airport schedules or just browse the skies. This resource comes into it's own when you use the 3D feature, put yourself in the cockpit of a plane or a tracking view using satellite data and gaming rendering. If you ever looked above you and wondered what that plane was, this is the site for you.
This is pretty much flight radar but for the high seas. It is festooned with features and data and will satisfy everyone from the holiday maker strolling past the rich list yacht moored in the Mediterranean port to the coastguard.
This is fairly self explanatory. Mufon are the Grand Daddies of UFO sighting archives and in the digital age with realtime reporting this field of research has taken on a new level of accessibility. You can either investigate what is happening in you region, explore the history of sightings or even report your own events for the world to digest.
Explore the radio stations of the world via a simple geographical interface. With world radio stations broadcasting across the internet, you can listen in on the late night phone in shows in the deepest Scottish Highlands or catch the latest live fishing community shanty concerts from Vladivostok. This is simply a delightful exploration of the world via radiowaves....
Potentially the greatest thing on the internet for wannabe DJ's who also have obsessive map tendencies. If you are the sort of person who likes to complete gaps in data for other people, want to find that quirky 1930s Icelandic shuffle blues track or just want to explore space and time with a soundtrack, this is your spiritual home. Welcome!
This is a collaborative effort combining the work of Cascadia Research tracking whales around the Hawaiian islands and the SmartMine technology team at GeoEngineers who develop products that manage and visualise environmental data. Game of Thrones
Whether you are a fan of the TV show or a dedicated Book W*nker we can all lose track of the location or significance of certain characters in the relentlessly complex world of Westeros. Well, this interactive map website is an extraordinary resource to assist in keeping track of all those intersecting story lines. The site allows you to track developments in either the book or TV series versions and contains links to the "A World of Ice and Fire" website with detailed descriptions of all locations and families in the epic political drama.
A vast repository of old maps, simply type in your desired location and browse the historic resources available. The site catalogues and lists a multitude of historic map sites and allows you to do what map fiends like doing best, exploring!
A stunning visual representation of Earthquake data between 2000 and 2010, including a stunning animation timeline. If you are looking for an up to date resource you can use the USGS website