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The glorious glitches of Apple Maps

Every mapping service is bound to have its gremlins, it seems. One man is artfully documenting the fascinating bugs in Apple Maps with screenshots that are by turns comical and surreal.

Coney Island like you've never seen it.
Copyright 2012 Peder Norrby. Used with permission of Peder Norrby. All rights reserved.

Apple Maps has improved by leaps and bounds since its shaky launch late last year, but that doesn't mean the app is completely bogey-free.

In a series called "iOS Map Glitches," Peder Norrby, founder of computer graphics company Trapcode, has collected some of the most interesting Apple Maps blunders he can find.

Glitches in maps such as these aren't uncommon. They occur when there's a misalignment between the 3D topography and the 2D satellite images, warping the landscape and making it appear as though it's either bubbling with eldritch chthonic energy or melting with apocalyptic heat.

While we've certainly seen images of Apple Maps woes before, Norrby's catalog shows a world that looks like it's in the end of days. Roads warp and bend, cars melt into the pavement, foliage boils up the sides of buildings as though swallowing them whole. And yet, they're quite strangely beautiful.

And it's this that he is trying to document. Rather than making fun of Apple, he is collating a set of visuals he simply finds interesting, telling Co.Design that "I'm not trying to ridicule Apple Maps. I'm doing this because I like the images."

And, of course, Google Maps isn't without its own set of map whoopsies. Artist Clement Valla has been documenting its hilarious bugs since 2011 in Postcards from Google Earth.

Click through the gallery below for some of our favorites, or head to Norrby's Flickr page for the full set.

(Source: Crave Australia)