It’s often difficult to grasp broader patterns of land use on a landscape. And yet we need to understand — and communicate — how much land is being used for what general function.
It’s perhaps even harder to do this when looking at the lower 48 states as a whole — a “1.9 billion-acre jigsaw puzzle of cities, farms, forests and pastures that Americans use to feed themselves, power their economy and extract value for business and pleasure.” Bloomberg recently published a series of fourteen maps depicting how America uses its land. Take a look and scroll through the fascinating set of visualizations.
These images make us think of how we may want to try something similar for the Chesapeake watershed!