Every once in a while you come across a map that is a work of art in itself. The amazing minimalist maps below by Michael Pecirno, a London-based designer, fit this description.

Using data from the USDA, Pecirno has mapped the lower 48 states by picturing just one single subject, and nothing else – no political borders or backgrounds. The project aims to show how richly detailed single-subject maps can give people a new way to understand their landscape, Pecirno says.

Can you guess what Pecirno is picturing in the minimalist maps below? To make it easier, we’ve given you a few options to choose from.

1

We’ll start with a real easy one. What does this minimalist map show?  

Bodies of water
Urban areas
Roads
Subway systems

2

We hope you got that one. Now, what is pictured here?  (Hint: The map's missing five of these.)

Bodies of water
The highway system
Train tracks
Oil pipelines

3

Time for a tough one. Don't worry, they won't all be this difficult. What does this map show?                        

Industrial areas
Cloud coverage
Deciduous (green leafy) forest
Lawns

4

Let's move farther west. What is pictured here? 

Prairie
Cornfields
Evergreen forest
Wheat

5

Go further west, young man (or woman). What does this map show?    

Grassland
Wheat
Evergreen forest
Desert

6

6) This is a little trickier. What is pictured below?  

Snowfall in winter
Grazing land
Cactus
Shrubland

7

Last chance. This one is really pretty, but what is pictured?

Glaciers
Swamp
Evergreen forest
Rainforest

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