Our Most Memorable Maps and Graphics from 2018

by Erica Simek Sloniker, Visual Content Specialist

Need a break from the holiday bustle? Feast your eyes on our most memorable in-house maps and graphics from 2018.

Explore How Rivers Meander Over Time

In river valleys across Washington, rivers have been confined to their channels by levees and other infrastructure built up around them to prevent flooding. Visualize how rivers once meandered in loops and arcs for centuries across their floodplains.

Washington’s Shrinking Glaciers

As neatly as a natural tap, glaciers dispense meltwater when we need it the most, during the hot days of late summer. That melt provides critical freshwater for drinking and agriculture and supports habitat for keystone species like salmon.

Shellfish Get Their Due

The shellfish industry is a foundation of Western Washington’s economy and an important part of coastal history.  Learn what shellfish aquaculture is and what types are grown here in Washington.

Creating Connections Across I-90 for the Benefit of Wildlife and People

The Central Cascades Forest, managed by The Nature Conservancy, benefits people and wildlife alike. But the hundreds of species who live in the area along both sides of I-90 face another challenge — the freeway itself.

Two-Minute Takeaway: Where is the Salish Sea?

Just as currents and tides know no man-made borders, neither do ecosystems.

Urban Trees and Climate Change

Hard surfaces, like streets and sidewalks, can trap and store heat, resulting in air temperatures in cities that are up to 22 degrees warmer than areas with shade. Shade from urban trees keeps pavement cool and protects people from heat waves. See the many ways urban trees are helping fight climate change.