The map shows what an independent Republic of Kamchatka, (best known as a territory in Risk) might look like.
The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest body of inland water in the world with an area of 68,000 km2 but, as the map dramatically illustrates, it has now shrunk and fragmented to a mere shadow of its former self.
It lies between Kazakhstan to the north and Uzbekistan to the south. Its drainage basin also includes parts of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.
The interactive global sound map below is one of the cooler and more original map concepts we’ve come across. It let’s you listen to sounds from around the world.
Brilliant Maps is now just over 1 year old. Since launching we’ve made a total of 167 posts. So we thought now was as good a time as any to look back at what the 15 best and most popular maps were for 2015 (based on the number of visitors).
If you were one of them, then a huge thank you! It means a huge amount to everyone at Brilliant Maps that you obviously love maps as much as we do.
We’re continually doing our best to bring you maps we think tell interesting stories. We’ve obviously gotten that right many times over the past year, but perhaps more interesting are the maps that didn’t quite find an audience.
If you’re not following @sadtopographies on Instagram, you should. The account shows the places with saddest and most depressing names on earth.
Examples include everything from Cape Disappointment to Point No Point to Sad Road. And while Americans and Australians are usually thought to have sunny dispositions they also have a lot of unfortunate place names.
21 of our favourites are included below: