The illustration above shows just how big the British Empire was at its territorial peak in the early 1920s. At that time it covered 35.5 million sq km (13.71 million sq mi), which represents 23.84% of the Earth’s land area or equivalent to 93.67% of the Moon’s surface area (37.9 million sq km).
The map above shows many (but not all of) of the ships sunk during World War 2. The map was created by Rean Monfils and combines the Geographic Information System (GIS) database of Asian Pacific shipwrecks with the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean (AMIO) WWII shipwreck database.
While it’s well known that the mercator projection distorts the world, the maps here show very clearly by how much. Countries close to the equator barely change, whereas countries further north shrink dramatically.
The maps are all the work of climate data scientist @neilrkaye.
You can see an animation below:
How do you pronounce the word scone?
If you live in Scotland you almost certainly pronounce it in a way that rhymes with “gone”, whereas if you live in Ireland you’re far more likely to pronounce it so it rhymes with “cone.” And in England and Wales, well let’s just say it’s complicated.
At 2,824 kilometres, the Amur River (known in China as the Heilong Jiang or “Black Dragon River”) is the 10th longest in the world. For much of its length it forms the border between Russia and China.
At its confluence with the Zeya are two cities of roughly equal size which face each other across the Amur, less than 600 metres apart.
These are the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk, administrative capital of the Amur region, and the Chinese city of Heihe in Heilongjiang province.