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Mr. Alex 03-23-2014 08:04 AM

What is this territory above Wisconsin?
 
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Hi LQ.org.

Canada is painted gray on this map and the USA is white. Whose is this territory north to Wisconsin which has no label on it?

Doc CPU 03-23-2014 08:18 AM

Hi there,

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr. Alex (Post 5139721)
Canada is painted gray on this map and the USA is white. Whose is this territory north to Wisconsin which has no label on it?

looking up the area in Google Maps, it seems like this is a tail of Michigan. Confirmed by the shape of Michigan on the schematic map in Wikipedia.

[X] Doc CPU

onebuck 03-23-2014 09:24 AM

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Hi,

It is part of Michigan called upper peninsula.

John VV 03-23-2014 01:50 PM

being a part time yooper
that is Michigan's upper peninsula
nice place in the winter if you like SNOW , lots of lake effect SNOW

there is a lovely vacation spot if you backpack
Isle Royal National park
( DEM of the isle in Lake Superior )
https://plus.google.com/photos/10269...01291398562941
the long Isl above "the rabbit ear"
PS
1/4 of the WORLDS fresh water ( in lake form ) in in Lake Superior alone
-- that is one big an DEEP lake

Doc CPU 03-23-2014 02:13 PM

Hi there,

Quote:

Originally Posted by John VV (Post 5139874)
that is Michigan's upper peninsula
nice place in the winter if you like SNOW , lots of lake effect SNOW

actually, I don't mind snow - if it wasn't for the cold as a precondition.
I HATE temperatures below about 10°C (about 50 on the Fahrenheit scale). :-(

That's why I'm not unhappy about the extremely mild winter we had in Germany this year.
Hardly any snow in the Stuttgart area. A few nights with frost, but temperatures always above freezing during the day.

[X] Doc CPU

John VV 03-23-2014 02:36 PM

there is nothing wrong with -20C to -40 C
those are rather nice nights

however after -40 C the humidity in the air dose precipitate out
it is a nice beautiful "sparkle" in the air illuminated by lights

Germany_chris 03-23-2014 05:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Doc CPU (Post 5139888)
Hi there,



actually, I don't mind snow - if it wasn't for the cold as a precondition.
I HATE temperatures below about 10°C (about 50 on the Fahrenheit scale). :-(

That's why I'm not unhappy about the extremely mild winter we had in Germany this year.
Hardly any snow in the Stuttgart area. A few nights with frost, but temperatures always above freezing during the day.

[X] Doc CPU

Nor am I but I'm sure not going to like the bugs this spring and summer since we didn't have a freeze

Doc CPU 03-23-2014 05:56 PM

Hi there,

Quote:

Originally Posted by Germany_chris (Post 5139956)
Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc CPU (Post 5139888)
That's why I'm not unhappy about the extremely mild winter we had in Germany this year.

Nor am I but I'm sure not going to like the bugs this spring and summer since we didn't have a freeze

you sure as hell have a point there - especially after my place was invaded by fruit flies last fall. Literally hundreds of them. When I first discovered them, they had already spread into all rooms, but most of all the kitchen, obviously. Took me weeks of painstaking hygiene and cleanliness, and laying out fly baits every other day (a mixture of some vinegar, a slug of fruit juice or beer, a spoonful of sugar and a few drops of dishwashing liquid proved most effective). I couldn't even sit down and have a meal without covering my plate, or dozens of flies would raid it in minutes. They even drowned themselves in hot coffee.

Must've been some larvae in something I bought, because I've had fly screens on all windows for years to keep the common houseflies out, and especially the gnats in late summer.

[X] Doc CPU

Arcane 03-26-2014 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Doc CPU (Post 5139728)
{...}looking up the area in Google Maps{...}

GM are fine but it lacks detailism. Try Wikimapia insead which includes GM(but not yet with StreetView)! :)

Doc CPU 03-26-2014 06:30 AM

Hi there,

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcane (Post 5141403)
GM are fine but it lacks detailism. Try Wikimapia insead which includes GM(but not yet with StreetView)! :)

thanks for this hint, indeed I didn't know Wikimapia yet. However, at present time it won't outrank Google Maps for me. Maybe it'll get better, but as of now ...

First thing that catches my attention: When I first open http://www.wikimapia.org/, it redirects to http://wikimapia.org/ (without the www prefix). Then it probably tries to guess my actual location from my IP. In fact, it shows me a large-scale map (satellite image, to be precise) that includes Stuttgart.
  • PLUS: The actual satellite images may be identical to the ones Google uses, but somehow they look more pleasant. May be a psychological effect, though. What IS a nice thing, however, is outlining the boundaries of places and local points of interest, and highlighting them.
  • MINUS: Though I set English as my preferred language in my browsers, Wikimapia talks German to me. Google honors my language preference.
  • MINUS: Streets aren't drawn consistently. Even for "Bundesstraße" (the second highest level of streets in Germany after "Autobahn"), the yellow lines are drawn somewhere, but then the yellow line ends somewhere in the open, just to be continued some way further along that street.
  • MINUS: Streets have no names or labels attached to them, except when you hover them.
  • MINUS: Almost no streets inside the towns are outlined, let alone labeled.
  • PLUS: Wikimapia always displays the coordinates of the displayed map image (probably its center) in the lower left-hand corner, while it's very awkward to get this information in Google Maps (the only way I know is via the permalink icon of the current view).

So, on the whole it's a nice approach, but so far unusable for me. Fine for viewing an area, to get an impression of the countryside, but not as a map for finding one's way.

[X] Doc CPU

Arcane 03-26-2014 07:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Doc CPU (Post 5141443)
{...}thanks for this hint, indeed I didn't know Wikimapia yet. However, at present time it won't outrank Google Maps for me. Maybe it'll get better, but as of now ...{...}

Have you actually tried to switch map mode?! That button(Wikimapia Sattelite is default name for it i guess now) is clickable on right under search bar. All your list fails now. :P
Here is something to think about: Wikimapia allows anyone without registering to it SAVE NEW locations with description as POI(point of interest) but you need to be precise cause you will need to register to EDIT or DELETE it afterwards! Once they will implement StreetView there GoogleMaps will be second in race of usage and if they somehow implement GPS system(especially live GPS) too like Waze does...it will be one stop place for everything! :)

Doc CPU 03-26-2014 08:29 AM

Hi there,

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcane (Post 5141473)
Have you actually tried to switch map mode?!

yes, of course - I tried two or three of them. The "pure" Wikimapia map looked very odd to me, because my entire home town seems to consist of just three or four street lines through it. Not even the major ones, but apparently chosen at random, including a dead-end street into a quiet residence-only quarter. That doesn't make sense, does it?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcane (Post 5141473)
All your list fails now. :P

No, it doesn't. Why should it? It looks like Wikimapia just aggregates maps from other sources and adds its own. So if I talked about the other, I would assess Bing or Yahoo Maps, not Wikimapia.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arcane (Post 5141473)
Here is something to think about: Wikimapia allows anyone without registering to it SAVE NEW locations with description as POI(point of interest) but you need to be precise cause you will need to register to EDIT or DELETE it afterwards!

That's fine - but not a feature I deem useful. I know where my points of interests are, I don't need them pointed out on a map. What I need is POIs that I don't know yet. And allowing anyone to add POIs may sound fine, but I'm afraid that opens the doors to edit wars and vandalism as in Wikipedia. I rather prefer maps or other online repositories of knowledge to be maintained by a group of experts.

So I think Wikimapia is on a good way as a project and looks very promising, but isn't quite mature yet.

[X] Doc CPU

cascade9 03-26-2014 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by John VV (Post 5139874)
PS
1/4 of the WORLDS fresh water ( in lake form ) in in Lake Superior alone
-- that is one big an DEEP lake

Quote:

The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water.

84% of North America's surface fresh water
about 21% of the world's supply of surface fresh water
http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/basicinfo.html

The inital statement is a bit debatable (Lake Baikal has 20% of the worlds fresh water).

Where did you get '25% of the worlds fresh water in lake form in Lake Superior alone'?

Arcane 03-26-2014 09:07 AM

@Doc CPU: You obviously missed point of that site then! It clearly states "let's describe the world" and it does! By putting descriptions over popular maps(eye candy differs) they provide precisely that. While GM shows you location W describes it. I was just using it's map switch feature to hint that this way you don't need multiple bookmarks in your browser but can get to all of them through this alone. Also it is maintained by experts who monitor what is input'ed there and what is output'ed.

sundialsvcs 03-26-2014 11:51 AM

Yes, I love to look out at those cold winter nights ... from a warm hotel lobby, whilst sipping a cup of tea "with a little something extra." ;)

And, in the much more temperate climes close to where I actually live, I also love to camp in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, secure in my bivy-sack and mummy sleeping-bag, looking up at those never-ending stars and watching the satellites drift by. (Whilst sipping from a Nalgene bottle of tea "with a little something extra.")


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