Iraq map by Kevin Quealy et al

Picture 1
Picture 1

I looked through -> full list -> map Interactive map is here.

Love it!  Most of his work is so data-rich and interactive.   This is the only one I think could have been better (sorry Kevin).  A couple of thoughts:

- It turns out that the "fault line" is not represented by the border of the Kurdish zone, which is clearly visible. That's what I assumed at first.

- most of the muted purple oblong oil/gas fields are really hard to see on the map and the legend.  -The dotted lines are geographically correct, as are the rivers - but since they are (mostly) not the factors which form the border, they are confusing.  Since the oil fields are geographically and politically much more important for forming the zone/border/fault line, they should be much more visible than they are.  I know the map is not all about the oil fields, but they are the most representative of the zone

-Some of the important towns don't have an i.  The brightness of the i's stand out far more than the "border" does.  (-Sinjar is shown as a bold i but Khanaqin and Mandali aren't.)

"This zone of instability winds from the Syrian border near Sinjar in the northwest, down to the Iranian border near Khanaqin and Mandali."

- Hm.  Is it a zone or a line?  Representations would be pretty different.  (Neither really show up on this map)

- The mountain terrain outside of Iraq is hard to see, but it does extend into the Kurdish areas, which is important for understanding Kurdish tensions, but it's even harder to see on top of that yellow.

Just some thoughts.  We can discuss.  Sorry Kevin!  Love ya! See you tomorrow!