Friday, December 05, 2008

Manipulating Geography

These maps reflect what the world would look like if the size of each nation reflected their:

LAND AREA - the size of each territory represents exactly its land area in proportion to that of the others:

WEALTH IN THE YEAR 1 AD - India and China were the superpowers around 2,000 years ago, when few people even lived in the Americas:

WEALTH IN THE YEAR 1900 - after the Industrial Revolution helped the UK dominate the world, while the US was getting ready to take over:

PROJECTED WEALTH IN THE YEAR 2015 - when, by all estimates, China will once again be the biggest kid on the block:

HIV PREVALENCE - no surprises here, but take a look at India:

1980-2000 INCREASE IN EMISSIONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE - here too, the predictable baddies are the US, China, and India:

INTERNATIONAL IMMIGRATION - as expected, the US dominates followed by Europe:

TOURIST DESTINATIONS - but the old continent is the clear winner here:

AIRCRAFT TRAVEL - the US dominates, followed by Europe:

RAIL TRAVEL - while India, China, and Japan dominate here:

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