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Cartographer Creates Beautiful Rainbow Maps of River Basins

Rivers get the rainbow treatment in a gorgeous series of maps from a Hungarian cartographer.

Available for download on Etsy, the maps are both beautiful and scientifically accurate. Their creator, Robert Szucs, has a background in geographic information systems (GIS) but was bored by standard river maps with “all the lines blue, all the same width.”

“Uninspiring,” he told Live Science. “I felt I might be able to do better.”

Since 2016, Szucs has been offering his maps on Etsy, where nearly 4,000 buyers seem to agree that he’s done better. Selling the maps was originally just a hobby, he said, but “the whole thing exploded within weeks.” News outlets (including Live Science) featured his work and brought in new customers. He decided to try to make a living with his art.

By Stephanie Pappas at Live Science

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