57 minus 22: Aren’t maps fun?

Posted: 26 July 2021 in 57 minus, internet
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It’s been a weird few days, and my foot is killing me, so after more than a month of daily posts, I’m invoking Blogger’s Prerogative and doing an easy one today, just images from an old favourite…


If you’ve not come across the place before, well,


Worldmapper is a collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.

Here are some odd ones…

Let’s start with home. My home, that is; the United Kingdom. For better or worse, it’s where I live. And it’s where a lot of people live. And where a lot of people live, who used to live somewhere else. And where a lot of people used to live who now live somewhere else.

Migration to the UK 1990 to 2017. (Hello! Welcome!, Grab a chair, I’ll make a cuppa…)

Migration from the UK 1990 to 2017 (We’re sorry, world, honest!)

And one more before we leave old Blighty: [gridded] population distribution.

Going global, here’s the estimated World Population, as of 2020:

One very much for me now. Coffee production, as of 2014. (They don’t show by brand but I’m pretty sure Sumatra is in there somewhere)

Do you enjoy eating plums? Well, here’s plum production (territory in proportion to the plums harvested) as of 2016.

Oh, you prefer Pineapples? Also, as of 2016.

Oh, you don’t like either? Well, you’re not getting away scot free either. Consume anything? Well, here’s an Ecological Footprint of Consumption 2019

Oh, you’d prefer per capita? Coming right up

I quite like this one. Land surface resized by its population overlaid with data about biodiversity hotspot regions.

Earthquakes, 2001 to 2017

Earthquake risk, overlaying population.

The US Presidential election 2020. You remember that, yeah? Well, I’ve seen lots of different visualisations of the results, but I’d never seen one quite like this. I feel like it’s obligatory to cry “Look what four years of the orange poltroon did to you, America!”

Here’s a less odd, but equally fascinating, one: the growth of covid through 2020:

worldmappers.org – Aren’t maps fun?

See you tomorrow, with… the usual Tuesday something else.


Fifty-seven days. Fifty-seven posts. One fifty-seventh birthday.

I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

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