i was going to attempt to download a real map- but it's huge- and it slowed everything down on my computer- so warning! on the actual site- you can view it how ever you want- and it's pretty cool.
anthropogenic biome maps
what are they?
"Anthromes, by contrast, combine human settlements and land-use with natural vegetation. Instead of the either/or maps between, say, tropical forests or human agriculture, anthromes map a continuum of 15 landscape classes ranging from dense settlements, through irrigated villages, remote croplands, residential rangelands, and, ultimately, to wild lands."
i thought it was interesting. also, looking at the bigger realistic picture of what we are going to face in the next 20 years- well, the dialog has to start now. we have to face the facts that there will be oil shortages, water shortages, food shortages- and jamias cascio has a good article to get the ball rolling.