Monday, March 12, 2007

The world as you have never seen it before

I FOUND an amazing site a while ago, Worldmapper. I think it may have been through another blogger but sometimes I find myself going from one link to another and may even forget where I started. So don't expect me to remember now at this stage months later where I first saw it. If it was yourself, thanks a million.

Worldmapper describes itself as 'the world as you have never seen it!'. It certainly throws up some astonishing, disturbing and fascinating views. You can read more about the site here.

"Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest," the site explains.

Take for example a map of carbon emissions worldwide for 2000

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And because you probably can't see it here, here's a close-up of Ireland.

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Here's one for carbon emission increases between 1980 and 2000. Look at Ireland in this one.

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The next shows some stats which would probably have been more apt to post last week for International Women's Day but sure here they are anyway.

This map shows girls not at secondary school worldwide.

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The next shows girls not at primary school.

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The next map shows illiteracy among women.

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The next shows women's income.

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I've just highlighted some of the amazing maps on the site, do check it out, there's everything from exports to tourism expenditure to child labour to oil power. The site is constantly updated, I check it out on bloglines.

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2 comments:

John of Dublin said...

Yes, interesting. Africa particularly. A place of extremes - almost invisible in carbon emmissions and women's income, enormous in illiteracy etc.

nightspy said...

On this website http://thrillingwonder.blogspot.com/2007/03/world-imbalances-shown-on-unique-maps.html besides the map of world's imbalances, you also see a map of world's happiness and how happy you should feel. Food for thought.