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.
We’ll start with a real easy one. What does this minimalist map show?
We hope you got that one. Now, what is pictured here? (Hint: The map's missing five of these.)
Time for a tough one. Don't worry, they won't all be this difficult. What does this map show?
Let's move farther west. What is pictured here?
Go further west, young man (or woman). What does this map show?
6) This is a little trickier. What is pictured below?
Last chance. This one is really pretty, but what is pictured?