How the world really shapes up | the Daily Mail

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How the world really shapes up | the Daily Mail
We all know what the world looks like. But a new series of extraordinary maps shows our planet in a very different light.

Rather than defining each country by size, these computer-generated modified maps – or cartograms – redraw the globe with each country’s size proportionate to its strengths, or weaknesses, in a whole series of categories.

For instance, when it comes to military spending, the U.S. appears bloated, but Africa is huge when HIV prevalence is mapped.

The cartograms were produced in a unique collaboration between the universities of Michigan in the U.S. and Sheffield. Here are images and more details on some of the most fascinating…


One thought on “How the world really shapes up | the Daily Mail

  1. yeah, that’s why information aesthetics is one of my favourite blogs. They have stuff like this on a daily basis. Well worth a drop in.


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