The Continent Itself is Obese on Worldmapper

| Tue Mar. 13, 2007 1:24 PM PDT

worldmapper.pngIf you prefer to process global politics visually or if you just have a map fetish, Worldmapper is worth checking out. The site hosts several "density-equalizing" maps that depict the world according to demographic statistics ranging from total population, to the slightly more unique and topically relevant carbon emissions increases, greenhouse gasses, and nuclear waste. While other maps typically portray these statistics using icons and color-coding, these density equalizing maps resize landmass to account for the statistics in question. The maps depicting nuclear waste and wealth both show a hugely ballooned Northern Hemisphere and an atrophied Southern Hemisphere.

—Rose Miller

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