Wednesday, May 16, 2007

StrangeMaps

I found this interesting blog the other day called StrangeMaps. Aptly named, it presents a plethora of different maps from around the world. Evidently, a cartogram is a map in which actual geography is distorted in order to demonstrate information about the countries shown. In the case below, each country’s size is 'weighted' to reflect the size of its actual population. You can read more here about this map.

The post also links to an article with more ‘distorted’ maps at this page of the Daily Mail newspaper, under the heading ‘How the World Really Shapes Up’. They got their maps, however, from Worldmapper.org. You can check out their index of cartograms here. Some of the interesting maps provided from the site include these three:

1 comment:

Amy and Andrew Daigle said...

These are so cool. I think maps can really be fascinating, and it's interesting to analyze data through this perspective. Things like this remind me that there are so many amazing and interesting things on the internet! So many sites, so little time...