Center for Geographic Analysis Harvard University
Additional navigation

You are here

Mapping for the Out of Eden Walk project

Investigator  Paul Salopek

The Out of Eden Walk is a 21,000-mile journalistic endeavor to create a global record of human life at the start of a new millennium as told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers, and artists who rarely make the news.  Sponsored and hosted by National Geographic, the project is led by Pulitzer Prize winning writer Paul Salopek who is walking the path of human migration across the globe, and recording what he encounters in the form of writing, photographs, video, and audio.

As a partner in this project the CGA’s role includes mapping Paul’s walking route  from his GPS data and  custom thematic map creation.  Toward the project's educational focus the CGA has provided hands on cartographic education centered around the Walk to 6th grade through college age students.  Additionally, the CGA's Jeff Blossom authors cartographic essays on various topics that are published on the National Geographic Out of Eden Walk website.   

Map 1: Shows exposed sea beds at the human migration started, and the rough path humans took.

Map 2: uses Fuller projection and spectral coloring scheme to illustrate distance traveled and time required for humans to travel this path.

Map 3: Thematic map of elevation to illustrate the undulating nature of the first leg of the walk.

Map 4: Interactive web map of ancient Islamic pilgrimage routes to Mecca.

Visit the Out of Eden Walk Map Room to see the latest maps.

Grant Funding  Funded by the Knight Foundation and the National Geographic Society