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The Map Of American Rivers Is A Piece Of Artistic And Biological Genius

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The United Lung of America

The rivers of the U.S.A. might be very regular when you sit by them for a peaceful picnic, but when aggregated they make up something much more magnificent. 

The way they scatter in patterns and formations across the country makes it look like a giant lung. Pumping water along its veins, arteries and capillaries, The United States of America moves forward.

Click the image below to see it in high definition:

Flickr: Nelson Minar (cc) – flickr.com/photos/nelsonminar

Flickr: Nelson Minar (cc) – flickr.com/photos/nelsonminar

You can download the vector file for the Map of American Rivers courtesy of Nelson Minar here. Below is the even more detailed rendering of the vector by mbostock: (click it to see the full version, it’s insane):

Source: github.com/mbostock/us-rivers

Source: github.com/mbostock/us-rivers