Monday, February 09, 2004
      ( 9:32 AM ) Matt  

World Map

Have you ever seen the illustration of the human body with each part proportional to the density of nerve endings? For example, the face and thumbs are really big, but the torso is fairly small. I thought it would be cool to have a map of the world with areas of denser population scaled up and unpopulated areas scaled down. The idea is that the physical size on the map would be proportional to the population of that area. That way the oceans would become rivers with no area, Antarctica would be a dot, upper canada would be very small while Manhatten Island would be pretty big. Then, as a follow-on, it would be really cool to have the same map, but use species diversity instead of population density to scale the map. The oceans would be large again, and places like Manhatten would be vanishingly small.

Followup: I found a map with a rectangle for countries in size proportional to their population. It conveys the same information that my map was, but I was hoping to have major cities and states on mine as well.

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