May 11, 2006

Resized maps.

Fabulous revisualizations:



That's the world resized according to the number of airline passengers.

This one shows refugee origin:



Many more at the link.

28 comments:

Tibore said...

This is what happens when you over inflate your toy globe.

;)

But seriously, folks... the one's that struck me the most were the ones that dealt with toy imports and exports. Wow, we like our foreign toys here! Although it's no real surprise that China is the leading exporter; wonder if the maps for textiles and electronics would be similar.

SteveR said...

I agree, fabulous! Makes you want to see others, maybe a website where you could pick from a menu of hundreds of items and it would morph the map from say "number of sheep" to "number of lawyers" or whatever.

CB said...

The US looks so cute in that top one!

Tibore said...

Whoa! Anyone see the aircraft flights one??

http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/display.php?selected=28

I figured the US would have a relatively high density, but still... wow!... what a difference!

chuck b. said...

"Much of the Ireland trade is the export of imports."

Heh.

Balfegor said...

The one that surprised me most was container ports. What could North Korea be doing with all those container ports? It's not like they have a functioning economy, after all.

Jacques Cuze said...

Those are some great maps, thank you for the link. Going to the source, it seems many more maps are on the way.

I would love to see a map of phone calls intercepted by the NSA.

Bissage said...

I guess they're using a narrow definition of refugee, judging from the size of Mexico.

Just kidding, folks.

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CB said...

Also, on the refugee map, the US seems to be there, though of course pretty small. Are there actually any American refugees out there? Would someone like Roman Polanski be considered a refugee?

Susan said...

All the import/export maps are depressing. The only export map where the US looms large is cereals (America: filling the world with Cheerios!). But we're a voraceous importer of just about everything.

Al Maviva said...

Would someone like Roman Polanski be considered a refugee?

No, but I think all the Hollywood-ites and Manhattanishers who threatened to move to France and Canada were Bush re-elected probably qualify as political prisoners....

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Jacques Cuze said...

Wow, this one on teenage obesity is pretty telling.

http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/display.php?selected=28

Jacques Cuze said...

This one is interesting too:

CEO wage compared to average employee wage.

http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/display.php?selected=28

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The Drill SGT said...

Bissage, the 2 you want to see are

Net immigration

http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/display.php?selected=17


Net emmigration

http://www.sasi.group.shef.ac.uk/worldmapper/display.php?selected=18

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Bissage said...

The Drill SGT: Holy Guacamole!

Ann Althouse said...

Machines exports is really crazy.

The Drill SGT said...

Bissage,

Those 2 would turn a die hard immigration lawyer into a Minuteman in a minute.

Frightening implications. What happens when the last person leaves Mexico for the US? will they then allow the rest of Central America to illegally cross into Mexico and restart the process?

The Drill SGT said...

Ann,

Not surprising historically.

German machine tools pretty much define the term. I assume the Swiss are in the same quality league. The Japanese have a corner on robotic tools. If those are in the same class, that accounts for the map.

How do I create a link in text?

altoids1306 said...

Wow, look at Hong Kong

Bob said...

I've always had a thing for maps, and this just feeds that jones. Dang, these are cool.

sonicfrog said...

What about coffee drinkers???

jimmmy said...

These export maps are all very odd, considering that the United States is, in fact, the number one exporter in the world. This is the first site that i could find to confirm this (2003)- let it be known that germany has slid down the scale considerably, while china has risen to number 2.

http://www.umsl.edu/services/govdocs/wofact2004/rankorder/2078rank.html