Friday Foolery [4]: Maps & Mapping

25 09 2009

25-9-2009 8-11-39 world map 16..In the previous post I showed a map of the world made in 1689.
Here only half of North America was represented, because the world was “Europe-centered”.
The map was made in Amsterdam, Europe.

How different is the world according to Americans (source: Neil Bonginkosi Lawrence Taverner of the blog Other things amanzi on Facebook).

The Netherlands have even been submerged into the sea 😉

world according to americans

Countries and continents can also be extremely “big” or extremely “small” in real life. See the sometimes confronting representation “of the world as you never saw it at See for instance the world worldmapper age of death animation (CC).

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At you get a real life picture of CO2 emissions, birth rate & death rate simulation (no Figure, it is an animation).

This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates.

Please remember that this real time simulation is just that: a simulation. Although the CO2 emission, birth rate and death rate data used in Breathing Earth comes from reputable sources, data that measures things on such a massive scale can never be 100% accurate. Please note however that the CO2 emission levels shown here are much more likely to be too low than they are to be too high.

Less serious, but also characteristics is the well known map of online communities from xkcd webcomics (

Map of online communities From xkcd webcomics (

Google Mashups we have seen used for many serious things, like for mapping H1N1 infections, but I had to smile about this map of exploding i-phones (via @NilsGeylen on Twitter)

25-9-2009 9-03-53 map of exploding i-phones

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