14 May '12, 2pm

How awesome is this!?! ---> Interactive map shows the locations of 25,000 species

How awesome is this!?! ---> Interactive map shows the locations of 25,000 species

Scientists already have many databases showing the worldwide ranges of creatures ranging from spotted salamanders to tigers . What's new about Map of Life is that it combines several sources of data that, at first glance, don't seem like they would fit well together. Range maps found in field guides, individual points from someone observing a species in a particular place, citizen science data, data gathered by national parks rangers and data gathered from larger regions all show up on the Map of Life. The map's creators gave the different kinds of data different shapes and colors, so users can distinguish between them even when they all show up on the map at once. Users can also add or remove one kind of data at a time.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/interact...

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