From an email on the topic.

>just passing this interesting map-related web site i came across recently. maybe you know of this?
I have heard of it before, but I haven't checked it out yet.  Thanks for getting me to try it out.

There was a story about that site and others like it on NPR a few weeks ago at

I have used aerial photography and more conventional maps to find tunnels before and a friend of mine who is really into using GPS and maps has done some really serious mapping of some of the more interesting sites before, but nothing quite like this degree of interactivity. The only problem is that urbexers tend to be fairly secretive about pointing out locations of cool sites.

Interestingly, a friend of mine emailed me about a tunnel she had found.  We talked about it for a bit, then she sent me a Google Earth link to it, so the ability to transfer location data is growing tremendously.  Eventually we won't think in terms of GPS coordinates the way no one thinks about IP addresses.

I will have to set aside some time to work on putting together a map of my stuff eventually.  As of this writing (5/2006), no single site has emerged as the go-to for autobiogeography, and sites still seem a bit of a mess like, say,  Lots of great content, but you have to find the right keywords, and that means a lot of digging.  Someone has to find a better way to index the information eventually.  Think of eBay's evolution from a giant, chaotic yard sale into the organized system of listings it has become with categories and subcategories.  I hope the map genre gets enough traffic for it to become easier to navigate soon.

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