This map was created using a combination of GIS, photo editing, and graphic design software after an inspiring road trip through the area. It shows the wide diversity of land cover across the region, and a key weak point in the Appalachian Mountains, known as “The Gaps of the Allegheny,” which allowed European immigrants to move toward fertile land deposited by millions of years of erosion. The reader can see that there is very little unused space in the region. Nearly every non-urban inch of land has been occupied for agricultural purposes, down to the thinnest sliver valleys. This map was meant to highlight one of the planet’s more unique topographic landscapes, and perhaps inspire others to experience the area.
Shindelbower, Joshua. 2019. "Northern Appalachian Land Cover." Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 1 (41): 82-83.