Geographic mis-representation?

Cartographic mis-representation?
update [20/09/2011] from HaperCollins Publishers at the bottom
Most maps lie, they are only a representation of what is out in the real world, simplified, distorted and can be mis-leading.
The Map of Greenland by the Times Atlas is a cause of concern left is the 12 year old representation of Greenland, the right is the revised current 2011 representation – side by side can be very clear they are representing less ice than before by a huge margin.

Image from BBC News (updated)

Image against a recent satellite imagery – the out-skirting coastline and more noticeable is the difference in colour representation. (There is also seasonal change that is difficult to represent in one snapshot of the cartographic map.)
Though a lighter (grey) would of be wiser to graduate the contrast.
“Publicity for the latest edition of the atlas, launched last week,
said warming had turned 15% of Greenland’s former ice-covered land
“green and ice-free”.

Via Mapperz

Natural Disaster Map from New York Times

New York Times: Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster



At the end of last month, the New York Times published a map called Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster, measuring the risk to 379 U.S. metro areas from hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes. Matt Rosenberg doesn’t like this map: “This map is irresponsible as it gives a false sense of security to those who live in extremely hazardous cities and overstates the hazard in tornado-prone regions. Perhaps the map is simply a reflection of recent disasters in the news. Regardless, no city west of the Rocky Mountains should be listed as low risk as the entire Western United States is seismically active. They definitely could have done better.”

Google Maps API and The New York Times, the nation’s largest newspaper website, uses the Google Maps API to create interactive maps for its travel section and to help readers visualize local trends like crane incidents and homicides in New York City.