How Our Continent Drains

Robert Szucs is a digital cartographer turned artist who saw the potential to turn nature’s patterns into contemporary artwork. This ocean drainage map was a months-long project, that included “a ton of manual work, including cleaning data, figuring out how to categorize millions of lines into a handful of ocean drainages, and then zooming in along the coastlines and manually checking for and fixing errors and inconsistencies. I think the most surprising thing about the map is how far south the Arctic Ocean’s drainage basin reaches. I wasn’t expecting it to reach the contiguous United States in multiple places. 

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