Monday, February 17, 2014

Tunguska III & East

Over the weekend, apart from other activities, I worked on the five maps below.  I'll write some notes for each to help them make sense:

Tunguska, completed.

Immediately east of Tunguska, the Arctic Ocean coast has been added to the top of the map;
The large white vertical area in the centre is the Verkhoyansk Range in Siberia, known to be one
of the coldest places on earth. 

The diagonal rectangle in the upper left is where the Verkhoy map overlaps this one, which has the
150th East parallel through the center.  The map turns 60 degrees at is point.  The cluster of pink
hexes on the left is the Indigirka River basin; the cluster of pink hexes on the right is the
Kolyma River basin, the largest source of gold in the world outside of South Africa.

This seems very much like a group of scattered dots, I know; this is east of the Indigirka/Kolyma basins
(the Kolyma River debouches into the Arctic where there's a cluster of pink hexes at the top left).
On a map, you might be able to identify this with the narrowing of the eastern stretch of Siberia
between Kamchatka and the Arctic Sea.

This is the meeting between the far eastern point of Siberia and Alaska.  Alaska is on the right, and the
coastline for it can be dimly grasped if you're familiar with it.  The extension of Russia is more clear,
mostly because (I think) Russia was more adamant about settling people in forced camps along
the Bering Sea, where today they exist as a string of fishing villages.

I grant, not the most interesting of maps.  It does give a sense for how BIG the empty stretches of Siberia really are ... and that even at this latitude, it takes 18 maps at 20 miles a hex, and 30 hexes a map, to go around the world.  I'm always struck by how truly big the whole world is, and how much of a task I took on in daring to map it to this scale.  Still, it's a labour of love, so it's all good.

For awhile longer I'm going to be making this sort of map, just tagging the individual hexes for the data I have for each, as it helps with both my organization and setting something up on the fly, if needed.  In awhile I'll be swinging back around to Europe and then moving one map ring south.

(Incidentally, as an aside, the bottom of these maps is about 62.5 degrees north).

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