World imbalances maps

March 7, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More

Many of you have probably seen maps like these before.  The geographic size of each country is adjusted (inflated or deflated) to show the relative size of some non-geographic characteristic.  Notice, for example, the map of military spending.

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Grumpypilgrim is a writer and management consultant living in Madison, WI. He has several scientific degrees, including a recent master’s degree from MIT. He has also held several professional career positions, none of which has been in a field in which he ever took a university course. Grumps is an avid cyclist and, for many years now, has traveled more annual miles by bicycle than by car…and he wishes more people (for the health of both themselves and our planet) would do the same. Grumps is an enthusiastic advocate of life-long learning, healthy living and political awareness. He is single, and provides a loving home for abused and abandoned bicycles. Grumpy’s email: grumpypilgrim(AT)@gmail(DOT).com [Erich’s note: Grumpy asked that his email be encrypted this way to deter spam. If you want to write to him, drop out the parentheticals in the above address].

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    I really enjoyed the "World According to America" at the bottom of the page you've linked. Sad (because true for many) yet funny. At bottom, it points to the us versus them mentality of so many Americans.

  2. Ben says:

    This is the kind of stuff I work with as a geographer/cartographer. Actually the stuff I do isn't quite this contemporary or thought provoking, I deal with historic coastal maps. But I learned about cartograms (exaggerated maps based on attributes other than political boundaries) for my degree, as well as use the same analysis (GIS) software. Ironically, we will be able to make great maps of climate change, global warfare, famine, disease, and deforestation as it decimates the planet…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_informati

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