Cartography of Memory: Tracing Stories Using Google Maps

June 26, 2012


Watermind by M M Burkner 2008-11

The map traces place names in the novel but fiction and reality overlap at times. In The Economist. 2012-06-23. “Blooming horrible: Nutrient pollution is a growing problem all along the Mississippi.”

“On its long journey south the water has scooped up nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, mainly from the fields of the Midwest. So much so that agriculture’s gift to the gulf is a “dead zone”. The excess nutrients cause algae to bloom, consuming all the available oxygen in the sea, making it hostile to other forms of marine life. Creatures that can swim away, such as shrimp and fish, do so; those that cannot, die. In the four decades since the dead zone was discovered it has grown steadily. Today it covers 6,700 square miles, an area larger than Connecticut (The Economist 2012-06-23).”

See wikipedia article on dead zones currently being updated.

Chicago and the Mississippi River Delta.

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