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Iraq War Coalition Fatalities Animated Map. As the tic sound got louder, I couldn't help but think of a macabre tap dance with no end in sight.

"Iraq War Coalition Fatalities is a chart of the US and coalition military fatalities that have occurred in the war in Iraq since the outset, mapped across the dimensions of time and space. It is an ongoing project that is updated regularly, and will continue as long as the war does.

The animation runs at 10 frames per second - one frame for each day - and a single black dot indicates the geographic location where a coalition military fatality occurred. Each dot starts as a white flash and a larger red dot which fades to black over the span of 30 frames/days, and then slowly fades to grey over the span of the entire war.

Accompanying the visual representation is a soft 'tic' sound for each fatality, the volume of which increases relative to the number of fatalities that occurred simultaneously that day. More deaths in a smaller area produces visually deeper reds and audibly more pronounced 'tics'."

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