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The world as you have never seen it before

by mel starrs on May 11, 2006

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I love funky graphics and they don’t come better than the ones on Worldmapper (go to the site itself to see full size):

Refined Petroleum Exports

Refined Petroleum Imports

Gas and Coal Exports

Gas and Coal Imports

The maps presented on this website are cartograms, otherwise known as density-equalising maps. The maps of the world you are used to seeing attempt to represent countries according to their land area. A cartogram re-sizes each country (or other geographical unit) according to some other variable – for example population, GDP, number of people with AIDS, etc. In the population example, densely-populated country such as the UK will appear much larger than it does on a standard map, and sparsely populated countries will appear smaller.