PortandTerminal.com, November 7, 2019
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HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – In the 1940s, Army Corps of Engineers cartographer Harold Fisk used aerial photos and local maps to create jaw-droppingly beautiful visuals of the Mississippi River such as the one below:
Inspired Fisk’s maps of the Mississippi River, seven decades later, Daniel Coe, a cartographer for the Washington Geological Survey, wanted to re-create Fisk’s maps with greater accuracy and a new aesthetic.
Using hyper-precise U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data collected using lidar, a system of laser pulses sent from aircraft to measure topography, Coe was able to create an entirely new way of seeing the river and its historical changes.
Is it science, art or both? We think both.
Check out Daniel Coe’s GIF that morphs Fisk’s original work with his own. Stunning!
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