Home Spelunkers Get All Speleologically Cartographic on Google Maps

Spelunkers Get All Speleologically Cartographic on Google Maps

A group of cavers has used Google Maps to create GrottoCenter, a huge online atlas of spelunkable caves.

Now, whether you dig maps because they allow you to get where you’re going more efficiently or because they act as “data visualization” for the imagination, this is intriguing.

If you’re a caver, you probably already know about the GrottoCenter, but if you don’t, it offers an avenue to extend your sense of space in your world.

GrottoCenter is a wiki-like database that is maintained by volunteers and users. Over 12,000 caves are listed in the maps and the maps use a number of special symbols to succinctly provide additional layers of information.

a description of the access to the cave
a cave description
a description of rigging and ropes needs
a reference to any linked web site
some comments (by cavers) with an evaluation of aesthetics etc.

Personally, I think a map of the Nile will prove more practical than a map of caves. In fact, unless things go terribly, terribly wrong, I’m more likely to need an historical map of the Roman Empire at its height than a map of a five mile deep cavern. But looking at these self-laid plots of the underground world is almost like going from a two-dimensional world to a three-dimensional one. Even when you do not share them, it is still intriguing to look at a dynamic record of the passions of others.

Via Google Maps Mania

About ReadWrite’s Editorial Process

The ReadWrite Editorial policy involves closely monitoring the tech industry for major developments, new product launches, AI breakthroughs, video game releases and other newsworthy events. Editors assign relevant stories to staff writers or freelance contributors with expertise in each particular topic area. Before publication, articles go through a rigorous round of editing for accuracy, clarity, and to ensure adherence to ReadWrite's style guidelines.

Get the biggest tech headlines of the day delivered to your inbox

    By signing up, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy. Unsubscribe anytime.

    Tech News

    Explore the latest in tech with our Tech News. We cut through the noise for concise, relevant updates, keeping you informed about the rapidly evolving tech landscape with curated content that separates signal from noise.

    In-Depth Tech Stories

    Explore tech impact in In-Depth Stories. Narrative data journalism offers comprehensive analyses, revealing stories behind data. Understand industry trends for a deeper perspective on tech's intricate relationships with society.

    Expert Reviews

    Empower decisions with Expert Reviews, merging industry expertise and insightful analysis. Delve into tech intricacies, get the best deals, and stay ahead with our trustworthy guide to navigating the ever-changing tech market.