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America’s GDP split geographically, 50-50[5000X3864]

America’s GDP split geographically, 50-50[5000X3864]

Wild, cities are economic centers

But get less representation than rural areas.

As the creator of this map, I should point out that the orange area has about 40% of America's population.

A lot of people jump to interpret this map as sending some sort of message about economic inequality, but that's not quite what I was going for. The point is to show the spatial, physical concentration of our country's economy.

pasting buried-yet-important comment below: The GDP of the orange area is equal to the GDP of the blue area. Granted usually this map came with some sort of good title, or at least an explanation.

Honestly I made this map three years ago back when I knew nothing about GIS or spatial analysis. It's certainly a provocative piece of work but not something I am extremely proud of. I might give it a redesign now with more sophisticated methods, and perhaps a clearer explanation. Definitely less cyan.

Gerrymandering and the electoral college skew it so that rural states have more electors per voter and rural districts have more representatives per voter.

Olympus Mons Volcano compared to France [750×750]

Olympus Mons Volcano compared to France [750×750]

Not really sure what happened to the bay near Bordeaux on this map. Very cool comparison, though!

IIRC Olympus Mons is so big that you can't even tell you're walking up it, the curvature almost matches the planet to the mind.

I want to see a tour de France route around that.

Tour de Mons

distribution of wealth in Europe [2300x2200]

distribution of wealth in Europe [2300x2200]

#MakethetwoSiciliesgreatagain

I never knew that southern Ireland was akin to Norway/London/Paris/Bavaria in terms of prosperity.

Small population but huge pharmacutical and IT companies. Pzifer GSK and apple for example

my guess is that it's something to do with oil/gas

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42% of US land, 1% of the population(1484X1260)

42% of US land, 1% of the population(1484X1260)

Presumably it's because a lot of that area is badlands, mountains, or desert. Or cuz it's Alaska, which isn't to scale.

The area in Northern Arizona is Coconino County. It is the second largest county in the US (the largest being San Bernardino County in California). It is 18,661 square miles, and has a population of only about 140,000 people, about half of which live in Flagstaff.

By contrast The Netherlands is 16,040 square miles and holds 17,100,000 people. It is also larger than 9 other US states (RI, DE, CT, NJ, NH, VT, MA, HI, MD)

There are 5 known states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate

i'd like to subscribe to state facts please

Locations you can see from on top of Mt Everest [1158 x 575]

Locations you can see from on top of Mt Everest [1158 x 575]

I used the website http://www.heywhatsthat.com/ to generate this horizon map. I am not sure on the accuracy of this map as it is generated by using height data and does not take into consideration of real effects like refraction.

You can also generate your own panorama at any location and at any height.

That was featured in recent Vsauce video, right?

Vsauce here

This is a map of what you can actually see from Everest accounting for terrain.

is a map of what you can actually see from Everest accounting for terrain.

Countries where Head of State is of German ancestry [6300 x 3095]

Countries where Head of State is of German ancestry [6300 x 3095]

But the Dutch are swamp Germans.

Worth to point out that all European monarchs are descendants of other European houses, making them having german ancestry pretty much inevitable.

I feel like only Americans care about ethnicity/ancestry. It seems like in Europe, nationality matters more.

There's the running joke when an American and a Cuban meet:

American: "I'm half German, a quarter Irish, my great-grandfather was Scottish, I have some Italian on my mother's side, I'm 1/32 Cherokee, 1/64 Swedish and I probably have a lil' bit of African hehe what about you?"

Cuban: "I'm Cuban"

Exaggerated relief map of the British Isles [5000 x 5000]

Exaggerated relief map of the British Isles [5000 x 5000]

I for one welcome the new desert plains of East Anglia

Something about these maps just feels good. It's satisfying to look at.

I really want to go to Schotland now. I'm hoping to visit there soon.

Where do you think we hide the dragons?

Schotland

Scotland in English :)

Map showing the relative size of each of the United States if based on Electrical energy sold for light and power in 1921 [1585x1099]

Map showing the relative size of each of the United States if based on Electrical energy sold for light and power in 1921 [1585x1099]

WV is finally (slightly) relevant for something good! It's a miracle!

Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait up.

How can New Mexico be numbered 49 if there were only 48 states at the time?

Edit: Ah, DC's included.

Back in the 1920s it had much of America's industry

I think mining, particularly aluminium production, is electricity intensive.

ARGENTINA IS BIG ! [640X480]

ARGENTINA IS BIG ! [640X480]

I like how you've basically given Argentina the UK, I guess this solves the Falklands issue in one easy step.

Every time I see one of these comparisons I can't help but think that it's not really so much that country X is so big, it's more a matter of Europe being small.

It's the whole Americas vs Old World thing coming out in a different way. Europeans are like "well I never see my family much now that I live an hour away" and Americans are thinking "12 hours by car, yeah I think we can pull it off in one day and be there in time for dinner."

Argentine here. It's amusing when European friends visit for a week and they are thinking of visiting Iguazu one day, the wine country the next day, then the glaciers of the south for a couple of days and since you're in the same province or "close" go to see the penguins and whales on the coast next and walk to Buenos Aires before going back.

And I'm not saying that people are ignorant of how speeds, times, and distances work. There's a preconceived notion of how big, roughly, a country should be, and when you have to deal with something much bigger you think "well, it can't be that big". It is.

The iceberg that split from Antarctic today compared to London, Hawaii and Cyprus [624x486]

The iceberg that split from Antarctic today compared to London, Hawaii and Cyprus [624x486]

Someone is going to go and plant a flag on that and declare themselves Ruler of Snowland.

It's huge - one of the biggest icebergs of all time - but n 1956 there was an even bigger one.

According to the article:

In 1956, it was reported that a US Navy icebreaker had encountered an object of roughly 32,000 sq km. That is bigger than Belgium. Unfortunately, there were no satellites at the time to follow up and verify the observation.

You won't be the leader for too long

Sure, it's only about a trillion tons!

Try one of these subthreads