18th-19th Century Shipping Routes Drawn Based on Ship Logs

Map creator Ben Schmidt started creating this world chart of old shipping routes with a blank screen. He then scanned a large collection of 18th and 19th century ship logs and plotted them on the screen to come up with this extraordinary world map. We repeat: This map was featureless to begin with, yet we can clearly discern the contours and shapes of the continents. Cool stuff.

The continents, drawn by old shipping routes (click to enlarge)

via gCaptain


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