Maps of City Growth Over the Past Century Are Actually Shocking

It's one thing to know that cities are growing larger, and that over half the human population lives in a city. But when you see these maps charting the growth of megacities since the early 1900s ... well, it's stunning. It's especially incredible when you realize most cities exploded in size over the past 50 years. » 10/07/14 11:46am 10/07/14 11:46am

Explore The World's Most Detailed Map Of The Seafloor, Released Today

Researchers today published the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever produced. Data collected by satellites and remote sensing instruments were used to created a model at least twice as accurate as previous maps, revealing thousands of previously uncharted seafloor features in the process. And best of all, you… » 10/03/14 5:00pm 10/03/14 5:00pm

This Map Shows How Hunting Wiped Out Whales In Less Than A Century

A century of commercial whale hunting has devastated whale populations around the globe, some to just 10% of their historic size. This animated map shows how different whale populations were systematically slaughtered between 1900 and 2011. But there's a bright spot: California's blue whales are doing great! » 9/05/14 5:38pm 9/05/14 5:38pm

Just How Bad Is California's Drought? Here's A Scary, 10-Second Answer.

California continues to dry up. The latest figures indicate more than 80% of the state is in extreme drought, or worse, exceptional drought. These are sobering numbers, to be sure, but for an even better perspective on the drought's unprecedented progression, check out this GIF, created by L.A. Times reader Alvaro… » 8/09/14 9:15am 8/09/14 9:15am