radical cartography

These maps on the historical traces of the Mississippi River, from radical cartography, are gorgeous!  I love it when something practical becomes something whimsical without trying.

I knew nature was smart—see: Golden Ratio/ logarithmic spiral/ chambered nautilus—but now I’m pretty certain nature has a sense of humor. As if the narwhal hadn’t already tipped me off.

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THE ALLUVIAL VALLEY OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Harold Fisk, 1944
Part of an otherwise technocratic report for the Army Corps of Engineers, Fisk’s maps of the historical traces of the Mississippi River are a wonderful suprise—Fifteen maps, stretching from southern Illinois to southern Louisana.

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