15 Sep '11, 3pm

Climate Change Forces the 'World's Most Authoritative Atlas' to Redraw Maps #climate #reality

Climate Change Forces the 'World's Most Authoritative Atlas' to Redraw Maps #climate #reality

In geography circles, the publication of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World is an event akin to the Olympics. It happens every four years with great fanfare, and all the world's nations are represented. The 13th edition of the Times Atlas was published today, and aside from all the geopolitical changes (South Sudan is now an independent nation state, for instance), it's the the geophysical changes -- many due to climate change -- that I find most fascinating. "We’re having to revise coastlines, remap ice shelves, and change lakes that are shrinking in size on maps,” says Jethro Lennox, a senior editor of the Times Atlas . The Greenland ice cap is significantly smaller than it was in the 2007 edition, yielding a much "greener" Greenland in the new version. Cartographers erased roughly 15 percent of the ice shelf that was once thought to be permanent. Off the east co...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/times-atlas-maps-climate-change

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