The conveniences of modern life have a way of distancing us from our natural environment – few people who live in cities have an intimate knowledge of the rivers, streams, and basins that supply their water. Software engineer, Nelson Minar created this amazing interactive map that reveals the intricate and vast network of waterways spanning the continental US. Using information sourced from the NHD Plus dataset, Minar programmed the map in a vector format, allowing users to zoom in on each area in detail. Instructions on his site allow would-be cartographers to create their own versions to discover the enormous interconnected network of US watersheds.

+ Nelson Minar