Some pretty interesting maps that give you a better idea of the world we live in.
40 more maps that explain the worldMaps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy.
1. Where the world's people live, by economic status
Data source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, World Bank. (David Whitmore, John Grimwade / National Geographic)
2. How humans spread across the world
3. When the Mongols took over the known world
never fully recovered from the 1258 sacking of Baghdad, which until then had been a center of global wealth and knowledge.
4. When Spain and Portugal dominated the world
so severe that the empire never fully recovered.
5. Major shipping routes in the colonial era
6. Actual European discoveries
the always-insightful Bill Rankin, writes, "this map particularly underscores the maritime expertise of Pacific Islanders. Unlike the islands of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, nearly all of the Pacific was settled by the 14th century."
7. How countries compare on economic inequality
Bluer countries have better income equality. Redder countries are more unequal. Data: CGDev, DIIS (Max Fisher / Washington Post)
8. If the polar ice caps completely melted
Click to enlarge. (National Geographic © September 2013 National Geographic Society / Full source info here)
9. Where the world's 30 million slaves live
Share of each country's population that is enslaved. Data source: Walk Free Global Slavery Index. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)
10. Our globalized economy: What it takes to make nutella
Click to enlarge. (OECD)
11. Where populations are growing and shrinking
Blue countries have growing populations; red countries are shrinking. Purple are growing slowly or not at all. Data source: United Nations Population Fund. Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)
12. Walls of the world
Source: "Atlas des migrants en Europe. Géographie critique des politiques migratoires européenne," Armand Colin. (Nicolas Lambert / MigrEurop)
13. The Arctic land grab
14. Who wins Nobel prizes (and who doesn't)
Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)
15. The 17 countries that could have housing bubbles
The 17 countries identified as having potential housing bubbles. Click to enlarge. (Washington Post)
16. The happiest and least happy countries
Data source: Columbia University's World Happiness Report. Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher/Washington Post)
17. All terror attacks worldwide in 2012
Click to enlarge. (Start GTD)
18. North America's languages, before colonialism
Click to enlarge. Data source: Ives Goddard. (Wikipedia Commons)
19. Where place names come from in the Americas
has this chestnut: "'Huron' derives from a French slur for the hairy natives (it shares a root with 'hirsute.')"
20. American ancestry by county
Click to enlarge. (U.S. Census Bureau)
21. What territory Mexican drug cartels control
This infographic shows which Mexican drug cartels control what territory. It's a staggering indication of how powerful these groups have become, as well as a glimpse into the vast cartel economy they collectively run – one in which territory is especially important.
22. The empires of Africa, before colonialism
23. What Africa might look like if it had never been colonized
see it here with north on the top, if that's easier for you to read.
24. The amazingly diverse languages of Africa
Data source: World Language Mapping System/Ethnologue. (Steve Huffman/WorldGeoDatasets)
25. Europe, as mapped by tweets
This shows tweets made in Europe in location and language between Oct. 23 and Nov. 30, 2012, with each language shown in a different color. It's no surprise that more populous and richer countries have more tweets. But what's most interesting is places where languages don't quite line up with national borders. Look at all those German-language tweets in the parts of the Poland that once belonged to the German Empire. Or look at how Belgium seems to disappear, the French- and Dutch-speakers merging into France and the Netherlands. More on the findings here; click here for a much larger version that shows the whole world and with the languages labeled.
26. How the Barbarian Invasions reshaped Europe
27. When the Vikings spread across Europe
Click to enlarge. (Max Naylor/Wikimedia Commons)
28. World War II in Europe, day by day
This one speaks for itself and is a fascinating watch; there are countless stories embedded in these frames. If you enjoyed this, I would encourage you to watch this version that includes Asia and the Pacific as well.
29. The word for "bear" in European languages
Click to enlarge.
30. People who die trying to immigrate to Europe
how dangerous and deadly migration paths into Europe had become. It's a result of wide economic disparity between Africa and Europe as well as European policies to prevent immigration. It's an ugly issue and, as this map shows, it kills many, many people every year.
THE MIDDLE EAST
31. The Islamic states of the world, from 1450 to today
(M. Izady/Gulf 2000 Project)
32. The 1916 European treaty to carve up the Middle East
how big of a role this treaty actually played in designing modern Middle East borders; in many ways, those divisions had already organically occurred during Ottoman rule. Still, it did fall along the Middle East's problematic present-day borders, and you hear about that a lot today, so here it is.
33. The religious lines dividing today's Middle East
Data source: The Gulf/2000 Project and United Nations ReliefWeb (The Washington Post)
34. How the 1948 Arab-Israeli war helped lead to Israel's borders
35. Percentage of Indian homes with toilets
Click to enlarge. Data source: Indian census, 2011 (Avinash Celestine / Data Stories)
36. The languages of China and the surrounding area
Each shade is a different language; each color is a language group. Click to enlarge. Larger version linked below. (Steve Huffman / World GeoDatasets)
37. The WWII firebombing of Japan
38. Territorial claims in the South China Sea
It's no secret that China claims islands and maritime territory in the South China Sea that other countries see as theirs. But this map shows just how assertive China's claim is – Beijing claims everything in red, a giant scoop of an area way, way beyond Chinese soil. China's neighbors are very, very conscious of feeling a bit bullied, and this map shows why.
39. The naval firepower in the Pacific
40. Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours
This map shows every airline flight around the world during a single 24-hour day, looped endlessly. To me, it's the perfect way to end. Even with no borders, you can still see so much of how the world is shaped. Where people are connected and now, where they are wealthier and not, how and where people have made social and economic connections and how deep they go.
See the article online here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/13/40-more-maps-that-explain-the-world/