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time-lapse maps: chronocartography

Time-lapse movies of events on a map
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It would be useful to have a program that can make time-lapse style movies of events on a map.

In archaeology, you plot all the sites you've found and their dates. Then, watch the movie. You can see the development of the Incan empire or the spread of Christianity.

It would also help predict candidates for likely sites (if you see satellite towns springing up, but no central town has yet been discovered.)

lawpoop, Jul 16 2003

Plate Tectonic Animations etc. http://www.scotese.com/newpage13.htm
[my face your, Oct 04 2004]

Postmodern History Map http://www.halfbake...ern_20History_20Map
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

The Map Show http://www.halfbake...ea/The_20Map_20Show
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Ultimate Geologic Map http://www.halfbake...te_20Geologic_20Map
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Mapparium Museum Of History http://www.halfbake...seum_20Of_20History
[phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Mapparium: the CD Rom http://www.halfbake...3a_20the_20CD_20Rom
"It would show the world map, and one could zoom in or out, like mapquest. Political boundaries are marked; you can zoom down to city level. At the bottom is a time slide. As you slide, boundaries jump and shift..." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

Temporal Photography http://www.halfbake...poral_20Photography
Reminded me of this tangentially related idea by [lostdog] [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]

(?) Chronostratigraphy http://oldsci.eiu.e...ff/chronostrat.html
"Chronocartography" already sounds like something there should be a professor of at every university.
If you search on Google for "Chronocartography", this page comes up as the only link and Google suggests "Did you mean Chronostratigraphy?" [hippo, Oct 04 2004]

Magnetic declination over time http://geomag.usgs....ies/declination.gif
Earth's shifting magnetic field, from 1590 to the present, as an animated GIF. [Myself, Sep 06 2006]

US county formation... http://www.genealog...cf_1643-Present.htm
...from 1643 to the present [angel, Jan 12 2007]


       would be even better if this was street-level rather than cartographic. watch streets as they get re-built, shops move in, flats go up, stuff gets demolished.
neilp, Jul 16 2003

       I think in the grand scheme of things, there would be long expanses where nothing is happening, and then suddenly something would happen so fast that you missed it. A lot like baseball.
phundug, Jul 16 2003

       doesn't have to be equichronological..
neilp, Jul 16 2003

       Neat. I'd like to have this for my area of town.
angel, Jul 16 2003

       Right, [neilp], it could skip over long stretches with few changes. Nice +
bristolz, Jul 16 2003

       [phundug] I think you meant to say "cricket".
lintkeeper2, Jul 16 2003

       Really? I thought he mean "life."
Excellent idea, though I think I've seen animations of the tectonic shift from single continent Pangaea to the world we know today.
my face your, Jul 16 2003

       //I just wanna see the mountains build up and crumble, and march across the landscape as the tectonic plates shift.//   

       OK let's kick this off now. Let me know when the Andes have crumbled.   

       PS Payment on project completion.
FloridaManatee, Jul 16 2003

       Great! (+)
[lint] Isn't cricket the same as baseball, just with a different bat and less bases...oh and completely different rules. Maybe its just that they are both boring.
silverstormer, Jul 17 2003

       Baseball is rounders with too many rules. Kinda spoils the fun.
silverstormer, Jul 17 2003

       [neilp] I think the word you want is isochronic or isochronal.   

       And this is yet another good idea by a new user. Welcome to the bakery. (WTAGIPBAN)
krelnik, Jul 17 2003

       It occured to me that you could map a lot of stuff, like the spread of writing,
lawpoop, Oct 24 2003

       It's a good idea; it's just too bad it already exists.
Hrothgar, Feb 29 2004

       Yep. The internet is full of maps like this, and producing them is straightforward with, for example, existing GIS software. There are also widely-available tools to do interpolation / spatial autocorrelation / etc. for 'predictive' and other purposes. Still, a good idea.
Monkfish, Feb 29 2004

       Vernor Vinge, "Marooned in Real Time".
normzone, Sep 06 2006


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