I have made so many maps of the Midwest here at UWisc, and, before I made maps of the US Midwest, I made maps of British Columbia. Lots of them. I can draw BC and the Midwest by hand without thinking twice. That said, I’ve been looking for a new challenge, and I found it. Inspired in part by a great book we got for Kid #1 (The LEGO Ideas Book), and by the great stratigraphic art my mom made, here is an alternate version of Figure 4 of our upcoming paper (the draft will be done as soon as I put away my LEGO, quit bugging me mom!).
This is part of a submission for the PalEON project, using these pre-settlement estimates to help constrain models of future vegetation, by providing an opportunity to validate model predictions (from dynamic ecosystem models such as ED) against real data.