October Mystery Map

October Mystery Map: “Fifty Nifty United States”

What do the eleven orange states have in common?

In elementary school, we learned that there are “fifty nifty United States” … but some of these states are not like the others! Use your map-reading and critical thinking skills to figure out what this map shows. Check out the interactive map below¬†(you can zoom in and out, and click on the states for some hints) and then enter your guess using the link below!

Please be patient, the maps takes a moment or two to display. 

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Take a look at the map, and then click here to guess what the map shows for a chance to win fabulous prizes*.


*Only members of the Smith College community are eligible to win prizes.

The first person to correctly guess this month’s mystery map can choose between:

  • GIS Virtual Campus Course from ESRI (~$100 value)
  • Admission to a Spatial Analysis Lab GIS or GPS Workshop (priceless!, but generally free)
  • Consultation on making your own map (priceless)
  • Admiration of your peers (and a resume builder)
  • A 24 x 36 inch copy of the Mystery Map (expensive!)