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Unusual Map Websites


When we think of maps we think about directions, streets, cities, states or countries. We refer to them when we are lost or trying to get there from here. Maps are visual representations of areas and space. They can depict in symbols not only regions but objects, weather, themes and so much more. Cartographers are craftsmen and women who see things according to scale and context. Following are 10 unusual map websites to explore.



This cool interactive map is sponsored by Different color cones over areas on the world map represent everything from Roswell data to abductions, sightings, investigations, hoaxes and secret aircraft. There's a section that explores the unexplained as well as information about worldwide UFO conferences. By hovering and clicking over areas of the map, details pop up which can include videos and photos. UFO Hunters Map is well worth checking out whether you are a believer or not.



Called "The Landscape of Music", this music map explores the relations between musicians or groups. Everyone from Snoop Dogg to The Beatles to Beethoven is there, By clicking on a name, a map comes up showing the relationship. By further clicking, a music video of the artist opens in another window. I haven't quite figured it all out yet but managed to listen to some good music while trying. This map is interactive and has zooming capabilities. It is worth a visit even if only to reminisce.




This map has been around for awhile but it's fun. Originally the brainchild of XKCD, this map looks like a treasure map at first glance. But there's more to it than that. Size and location on the map indicate use and popularity of different online communities like Facebook, Xanga and others. The north seems to represent more practical communities and the south more technical and intellectual sites. Randall Munroe, owner of this webcomic site, updates regularly and follows trends and movements in the online community world.


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This interactive map is sponsored by National Geographic and tracks ongoing ocean projects. Here you can find out what scientists and explorers are up to all over the world. By hovering your cursor over a blinking icon on the map, you can open a window giving specific information on a current ocean project. If you are interested in marine life and what is being done to protect it this map may be for you. Several other informative links are provided all with the usual National Geographic style.



This database of city sounds from around the world is awesome. It is a very comprehensive site. Soundcities is a 12 year collection of recorded sounds from world cities. Easy to navigate links bring you to your choice of city. From there you can listen to everything from industrial sounds, to trains to birds. You can choose to listen by city or by mood. They even encourage visitors to contribute their own found sounds. You won't want to miss this site.




Whether you are a traveler or just interested in aviation around the world, the Live Flight Tracker at Flight Aware keeps you in the know. This site makes it easy to track flights, monitor airport activity and check for delays. You can browse by aircraft type, carrier or airport. The live interactive map is buzzing with color. Links are easy to find and include a real time airspace map, an animated airspace movie and time lapse images. They have over 119 million flights in their database.




Even if you are only a little interested in astronomy, is a fascinating site. The universe becomes all the more vast but is broken down into understandable chunks. The up-to-date views from the Hubble make you feel as if you are there. Besides wandering through nebulae and galaxies, Sky-Map offers news, press releases, a blog and forums. This colorful site takes space seriously and propels the visitor to other worlds. Photos are clear and enthralling. This site is well worth a visit.



News Map combines Google Maps with Yahoo news. Clicking on a region or particular country will retrieve news from there. You can zoom in to get state or provincial headlines and yet another zoom will display the news in larger cities. This site has over 3000 larger cities in its database and growing. Links include most world regions and the map has both satellite and hybrid options. This is a pretty cool website for the news junkie.



Did you ever wonder where on earth those meteors and asteroids land? offers an interactive world map where exploring earth's more obvious meteor craters and asteroid impact sites is easy. Just click on the red flag and zoom in - it's as simple as that. You can drag the map to check out other areas. This site also features interesting links to all kinds of meteor information, You can choose to view the map in satellite or hybrid mode.


For film buffs everywhere, The Movie is a great source of information. In conjunction with Google Maps, finding worldwide film locations is a snap. You can search by location or find a movie by name using an alphabetized link above the map. You can check out the house Rocky lived in or the Burger King featured in Back to the Future. By clicking on film icons, a window opens with tabs for information, photos and links. The Movie Map encourages contributions to their database. It's a really fun place to explore.


sccanseco on January 16, 2013:

Another great hub topic and a very fun read! Cheers!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on July 05, 2011:

Gordon - Well I'm not sure any of these maps will help your friend but I sure appreciate your stopping by.

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on July 05, 2011:

I love this and have actually sent a link to a friend with a specific request that he comment here as he couldn't read a map of his own back yard! :) When we go fishing, (OK - he drives) I am not only navigator, I occasionally have to convince him that we are in the right county, his sense of direction is so bad...

marycat on February 03, 2011:

A few years ago, I found a link to a time lapse map of Borger, TX. It showed the progression of the neighborhoods and locations of businesses and schools over the years. Is there any way to find that again?

CollB on January 16, 2011:

Really amazing. Thank you for sharing these websites!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 28, 2010:

Thanks, Seakay.

jstankevicz from Cave Creek on November 28, 2010:

Fun Hub! I checked out our own Arizona meteor crater and the Online community map so far.

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on November 21, 2010:

Hey susiecat, this an interesting hub, I even clicked on a couple of them. I'm going to bookmark this one and come back again. I think this is worth a Digg also.

Caroline Paulison Andrew from Chicago, IL on November 12, 2010:

This is a great collection of some really cool sites! Voted up--and am bookmarking!

Seakay from Florida on November 08, 2010:

Love reading your hubs. You are so meticulous about detail. Well Done!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 07, 2010:

Ingenira - You are welcome. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 07, 2010:

Ralwus - Thanks - glad you enjoyed.

Ingenira on November 07, 2010:

These are really interesting sites. I must venture into them one by one ! Thanks for the good research.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 07, 2010:

GmaGoldie - You're welcome and don't work toooo hard.

ralwus on November 07, 2010:

Gee all the cool links are great suzie, thanks. CC

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 05, 2010:

Astra - Thank you for taking the time to read this. I like maps too.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on November 04, 2010:

Public maps in Google Maps. I am directing a walk on Saturday. Will have to check this out. Thank you!

I love walking and to be able to retain - great! Add video to the map! Add photos to the map! And video too! OMG! Wow! Do I have work to do! Thank you!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 03, 2010:

Paulstephen - They are fun maps. Glad you enjoyed. Thanks for commenting.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 02, 2010:

James - You are welcome - glad you liked it.

hearing aids pune on November 02, 2010:

Thanks for the useful info ...

Cathy Nerujen from Edge of Reality and Known Space on November 02, 2010:

I loved checking this hub out. I adore maps, they can give us so much. Wow, so many all in one hub! This is a treat. :)

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 01, 2010:

Supplies - I agree.

paulstephenuk from London, UK on November 01, 2010:

Great Hub, just lost a few hours of my time browsing through the maps lol!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 31, 2010:

Denise - nice to meet you too - thank you for the comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 31, 2010:

Utterly fascinating! The only one I knew about was FlightTracker. What a great collection you assembled. I love all kinds of maps. Thank you!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 31, 2010:

NCBier - Hope these sites help. Thanks for stopping by.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 29, 2010:

Dallas - thank you for your thoughts.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 29, 2010:

Thanks, Carolina.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 29, 2010:

Akirchner - Always great to see you - yes, the music map is very different.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 29, 2010:

Dave - thanks so much for your comment. Glad you liked it.

supplies expert on October 29, 2010:

movie & music maps are by far the coolest finds!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 28, 2010:

Gus - Thank you. Glad you could stop by.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on October 27, 2010:

Cool hub. I'm going to share this with friends. Nice to meet another writer from NC. :)

NCBIer on October 27, 2010:

Remarkable collection of truly interesting sites. My son is studying geography and maps and this hub will be a great diversion from the traditional. Thanks for the hub!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 26, 2010:

Loria - I thought so too. Thanks for reading.

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on October 25, 2010:

I got it "mapped out." Thanks for mapping it out for me. Our lives are mapped out by our DNA... More maps than a feller can shake a stick at...

Seriously, to have an idea of the parameters of what you seek/need must be presented in a manner we can understand with enough "details" to indicate where and what we need. Thanks for sharing.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 25, 2010:

This is a great idea for a post, and you did a nice job with it!!!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

dagohund - Some of these are kind of fun as well as useful. Thanks for commenting.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

Lorlie - thanks.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

Tjmatel - Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on October 25, 2010:

Wow - I had no idea there were so many map websites - I love the music one!

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

Andromida - The meteor map is pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

Darlene - thank you so much.

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 25, 2010:

Quill - Nice to see you. Glad you enjoyed.

DavePrice from Sugar Grove, Ill on October 25, 2010:

Cool beans! Thanks for the links - bookmarked it!

Gustave Kilthau from USA on October 25, 2010:

Hi Suziecat - Thank you very much for the descriptions and the links. I have used flightaware and sky-map, but the others are new to me. Good article, nicely done.

Gus :-)))

loriamoore on October 25, 2010:

Oh what fun!

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on October 25, 2010:

I was certainly unaware of all these map sites. Could be useful.

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on October 25, 2010:

Wow, susiecat! I'll be putting this next to my Google Map for future reference.

Great stuff!

Peter Grant from McDonough, GA on October 25, 2010:

Thanks for taking the time to present such a detailed and interest-peaking hub. I've always known that the web holds many interesting corners, but it takes a great writer to bring those to my computer screen. Thanks, Suzie!

syras mamun on October 25, 2010:

This is simply an awesome map site collection.Meteor impact map is my fav.thank you much :)

Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on October 24, 2010:

Wow my dear friend, this is an awesome hub, I love it. I am so impreesed and I am going to try these sites. I will add this to my favorites. Yes, thumbs up for you

"Quill" on October 24, 2010:

Well done and so well put together... going looking now as you have peeked my interest.

Thank you as always...

Blessings and Hugs

suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 24, 2010:

Thank you, Ixwa, for your kind words and for taking the time to read my Hub.

ixwa on October 24, 2010:

What you presented here is my line of interest and extremely illuminating and mind expanding and eye popping! This is impressive and I am going to bookmark this hub for further re-reading, watching and listening to the various universal sound system. Great and excellent hub! Need to be read and and watched. Thanks for the websites and the visuals!

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