These curious maps can surprise you and teach you many things. The world from perspectives you have never seen
Geography can be interesting or very boring depending on who you are. Regardless of that, sure you will find these very interesting maps, because they are not the typical political and physical maps. They are maps with different data or perspectives that will surprise you a lot.
From the countries with the most homicides in the world to a map that shows the distortion of flat maps, going through old projections of the world; none of these maps will leave you indifferent.
This map showing the antipodas of each place
This map shows in yellow the antipodes (the furthest point) from each of the points on which they are located. Or what is the same, if you dug the longest straight line possible until you reach the other side of the Earth, you would arrive at the site in yellow.
This is what Europe will look like if the poles melt
It is no secret that the Earth’s temperature is getting higher and higher because of human action, and if we continue in the same way, there will come a time when all the ice will melt. This map shows an approximation of what Europe would look like if that were to happen.
How the time zone differs from the solar zone
The time zones we use today do not fully adhere to natural time zones. This map shows how much the official time differs from the time depending on the meridians. Of course, in Spain it gets very late at night.
And these are the sunny hours in Europe
This map shows how many hours of sunshine there are in total per year. It is surprising how much it changes from one place to another: in Spain there are more than double hours of sunlight than in Iceland.
The map of homicides in the world
This map shows the murder rate at the regional level for all countries that have data and make it public. As you can see, Western Europe is by far the safest area in the world to live. The data is from 2014 and is expressed as a percentage of 100,000.
The cartographic distortion exemplified with Colorado
There are different map projections to represent the world on one plane, but all suffer distortion, since there is no perfect imitation of the surface of a sphere in a plane. The projection that is commonly used is the cylindrical one and tends to represent larger territories as they move away from the equator.
This map exemplifies this very well showing how Colorado would be represented as a function of its distance from the equator.
This is how badly the world has been distributed
This map shows how concentrated more than half the world’s population is in a circle that does not represent 10% of the planet’s surface. China (the most populous country with 137,774,000 inhabitants), India (the second with 1,320,900,000 inhabitants) and Indonesia (the fourth with 2,590,70000) contribute to this. The third is the United States with 324,008,000 inhabitants.
And that’s how bad Spain has been distributed
More people live in the red zone than in the yellow zone. The points of concentration are more separated than in the world, but we also tend to focus on specific areas and abandon others.
These are the predominant religions in each country
This map shows the religions with the most believers in each country in the world (excluding atheists, agnostics, and other non-believers). Various varieties of Christianity dominate all of Europe, America, Oceana, and South Africa. Various Eastern religions dominate East Asia, and North Africa and the Middle East are predominantly Muslim.
These are the most used car brands in Europe
As you can see, many passes tend to use mostly the cars originating from your country: Seat in Spain, Fiat in Italy, Renault in France, Volskwagen in Germany, Skoda in the Czech Republic, Lada in Russia, ZAZ in Ukraine
How our maps have improved
World map of the year 43 AD, by the cartographer Pomponio Mela, considered father of the geography. Obviously, then, they did not have the tools to make a decent map of a large territory, apart from that they did not know America.
This one from 1154, from the cartographer Muhammad al-Idrisi is much more precise, although of course it is very imprecise, and still does not have America. It is representing the reverse of how we usually see it, so you have to look upside down to understand it.
Finally, a map from 1803, incredibly accurate considering the tools they have. There are some slight distortions, especially in Oceana, but it’s surprisingly good. Part ofThe new great atlas of the Ottoman Empire.
The world according to the number of Internet users
This map shows the world with each country proportional to the number of Internet users it has. It also shows by color the relationship between Internet users and the country’s population. Africa is clearly the region with the lowest Internet penetration, and Asia, although it has many users, has them by volume of population (there are more people without the Internet than with the Internet on the continent.