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I like the map with a dark base layer. The representation of the overlay's is very interesting. I choose two map's with social network data's. The first map is the localisations of the tweets The second map is an extract of the game Watch Dogs with many live data's from Paris like Tweets, Instagram publications etc...
"animated map of global weather conditions" Not a map... but still really beautiful! http://earth.nullschool.net/
As it has already been suggested, NOAA has one of the best databases for data, a specialised one. Also, I'd recommend GEBCO, from their data you can actually create pretty decent maps (I did for the Black Sea as an example).
I've always loved these cartoon maps by stephen walter (featured in a great BBC documenary series on the beauty of maps) http://www.stephenwalter.co.uk/wp/maps/. The ideas behind them was to integrate personal stories and human connections to a place into a map framework
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