This Interactive Map Shows The World's Ecosystems In Freakish Detail

The U.S. Geological Survey and Esri have created a zoomable map that lets you explore all of the world's ecological land units down to an astounding 820 foot (250 meter) resolution. Check it out and tell us about your "ecological land unit." » 12/10/14 2:30pm 12/10/14 2:30pm

This is what the world’s oceans would look like if the Earth didn’t spin

Many factors contribute to the global distribution of Earth's oceans, but the strongest by far is the centrifugal force that results from our world spinning about its axis. This raises an interesting question: how might our planet's water be apportioned if the world gradually stopped spinning altogether, thereby… » 9/25/12 12:00pm 9/25/12 12:00pm

This is what the Earth would look like if it stopped spinning

If the Earth stopped spinning, the oceans would divide, a megacontinent would emerge at the equator, one day would last one year, and our now-ellipsoid planet would become spherical. But we can finally build that freeway from Jakarta to Houston! » 8/14/10 8:15pm 8/14/10 8:15pm