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Forget today's cities and states, researchers have revealed where Americans really live and work - and renamed its regions accordingly.
Researchers mapped 4 million journey flows to create a stunning visualisation - and rewrite the map of America.
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They say it reveals the 'real' regions of America, rather than those decided by city and state lines, and shows the emergence of gigantic 'megaregions' that dominate the country, from Manhattana and Mayflower on the East Coast to El Asfalto and Goldengate on the West.
'The region names are mostly attempts to recognize the cultural and historical geographies that bind regions together,' co-author Garrett Dash Nelson, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Geography and the Society of Fellows at Dartmouth College told Dailymail.com.
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The team of geographers from Dartmouth College and the University of Sheffield combined visual interpretation with statistical analysis for their study.
First published in the journal 'PLOS One' earlier this year, the team have given the American areas new names, and say their research sheds new light on the problem of how to divide a country up.
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'We didn't want to just name megaregions after their dominant cities like 'The Chicago Megaregion' because we wanted to show how interlinked these places are—major cities, suburbs, small towns, and even rural areas,' said Nelson.
'We tried to come up with a wide variety of names, stretching from natural features (Peachtree) and historical names (Quivira) to famous people (Sandburg) and ethnocultural names (Haudenosaunee, Terrebonne).
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'All of those names are up for debate, of course, and we only offer them as a first suggestion!'
The paper uses a data set of more than 4,000,000 commuter flows as the basis for an new approach to the identification of megaregions.
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'We know just how interconnected people are across vast distances in the modern economy -that's one of the basic principles of...
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