Most people go through life perfectly happy in the knowledge that the real earth looks like it does on a standard Mercator projection map. Cartographers, map nerds and those that have seen this scene from the West Wing know that this is not really the case.
The map above reveals a rather shocking aspect of the First World War. While most people in Western Europe and North America focus on the trench warfare in Northern France and Belgium, it shows that Western European countries were nowhere close to suffering the worst casualty rates in the war.
Tesla Motors has quietly been creating a giant network of Supercharger stations that can quickly extend the range of their best selling Model S electric car. Here are a few maps showing how big that network could grow to by the end of next year.
The map above is a 2006 proposed plan to redrawn the borders of the Middle East by Ralph Peters, a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel, author, and Fox News commentator. It was original published in the Armed Forces journal in an article titled Blood borders: How a better Middle East would look.
The map would make sweeping changes throughout the region such as:
The map above shows which religion is the fastest growing in each country around the world based on data from Pew Research Center’s The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050.
The colours are as follows:
The map above shows the parts of the Middle East with Kurdish populations and which could make up some or all of a future state of Kurdistan. In a recent article titled The Time of the Kurds, the Council on Foreign Relations explains that:
Inspired by Ben Blatt’s What are the biggest immigrant groups in your state?, Giorgio Cavaggion created two flag maps of the most common country of origin of new legal immigrants to the United States.
Smelly Maps: The Digital Life of Urban Smellscapes is the amazing title of this series of maps that look at how London smells. The smelly maps project involves Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella (University of Torino), Luca Maria Aiello (Yahoo Labs) and Kate McLean (Royal College of Art).
The map above shows the country of citizenship for the largest group of foreigners by German district. However, it doesn’t show the absolute or even relative numbers. So even districts with very few foriegners will still have one group that’s the largest.
In total, Germany had 6,180,013 people with non-German citizenship living there in 2011, according to zensus2011.de.