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Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New WorldA European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New World
A European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.

The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

Google has upgraded its map of North Korea to include roads, monuments to Dear Leader and the nearest gulagGoogle has helped fill the gap in one of the last remaining information black holes in the world by releasing a detailed map of North Korea that adds street names, monuments — and its notorious prison camps.Information on streets, parks, monuments and train stops in the capital of Pyongyang showed up on Google Maps’ formerly blank map of North Korea this week. Until Tuesday, the isolated communist regime was the last place on Google Maps where no data was available beyond the capital city’s name. (Google Maps)

Google has upgraded its map of North Korea to include roads, monuments to Dear Leader and the nearest gulag
Google has helped fill the gap in one of the last remaining information black holes in the world by releasing a detailed map of North Korea that adds street names, monuments — and its notorious prison camps.

Information on streets, parks, monuments and train stops in the capital of Pyongyang showed up on Google Maps’ formerly blank map of North Korea this week. Until Tuesday, the isolated communist regime was the last place on Google Maps where no data was available beyond the capital city’s name. (Google Maps)

The maps lie: Australian scientists discover Manhattan-sized island doesn’t actually exist
According to Google Maps and several other nautical charts, Sandy Island is about 25 kilometres long and sits between Australia to the West and New Caledonia and Vanuatu to the West. According to Dr. Maria Seton and her scientific research team, it does not now, nor ever has, existed at all.

“We were out in the Eastern Coral Sea, conducting a scientific research expedition, and when we were approaching the area of this supposed island,” Seton told the BBC. “We saw that our scientific maps showed there was an island there and yet the navigation charts on board the vessel showed that we had a water depth of 14,000 metres. That’s when we started getting suspicious.” (Google Maps; AFP PHOTO-/AFP/Getty Images)

Abandoning home: One town’s crisis is summoning a ghost from Newfoundland’s history — resetlement
Resettlement. In Newfoundland, it is a loaded and divisive term, shaded by memories of bygone days and haunted by ghosts of places that no longer exist. McDougall’s Gulch, Rattling Brook, Muddy Hole, Pushthrough, Tickles, Ireland’s Eye and hundreds of other communities that were abandoned for money, for politics, for “progress” from the 1950s to ’70s because people felt like they did not have a choice. That if they did not leave, they would get left behind.
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Abandoning home: One town’s crisis is summoning a ghost from Newfoundland’s history — resetlement

Resettlement. In Newfoundland, it is a loaded and divisive term, shaded by memories of bygone days and haunted by ghosts of places that no longer exist. McDougall’s Gulch, Rattling Brook, Muddy Hole, Pushthrough, Tickles, Ireland’s Eye and hundreds of other communities that were abandoned for money, for politics, for “progress” from the 1950s to ’70s because people felt like they did not have a choice. That if they did not leave, they would get left behind.

Check out our full visual archive.