For centuries, maps have given us a lot of information. In the past, cartographers used to visit very distant places around the planet in order to pinpoint where they were. Today, computers and specialized programs like the Geographic Information Mapping System create maps that we probably use every day without even thinking about it. Beyond helping us find the fastest route to get to the closest Stabucks, maps help us understand the world, how its population is distributed, and even how animals move. If you’ve ever wondered what the world looks like from different perspectives, then start scrolling down to discover an incredible collection of maps and infographics.
1. Greenland Compared To South America
World maps are often a bit misleading. They even make some continents or islands look small, and others gigantic in comparison.
Greenland, located in the northern hemisphere, always looked huge. However, located next to South America, it is seen as if the entire continent were to eat the island in one bite. It is 8.2 times larger.
2. The Real Population Dispersion Of The United States
The United States has a population of more than 300 million people. You might think that Americans could be scattered across all states, but this is not the case.
If you look at the “red” dots on the map, you will notice that the largest amount of population is found on the east and west coast. People do not usually move around the center. The Midwest is great for farming, and if you are interested in having a quiet life raising livestock and planting crops then it is the place to be.
And as the saying goes, “Everything is bigger in Texas,” that’s true for things like trucks, belt buckles, and steaks. But when it comes to comparing Texas to Africa, we have a clear winner.
Texas is the size of an African country, but it cannot compete with the entire continent. The continent alone is 45 times the size of Texas. Africa is not usually shown to scale on most maps, which explains why it is believed to be so small.
Observing the Milky Way and seeing all the stars dance across the sky is an incredible nighttime activity. Unfortunately in big cities like New York and Los Angeles it is difficult to see the stars.
For star lovers, the states with the least amount of light pollution are those located in the middle of the country. Head to North Dakota or Wyoming to enjoy the night sky. If you are on the shores, you may have difficulty seeing the stars twinkle.
To understand this map you must first know what the orange and red sections mean.
Essentially, the population in red is the same as in orange. That means that almost the same number of people live on the coasts as in the central USA. If you are thinking of buying land and building, then head to the Midwest.
There are hundreds of airports in the USA, and instead of being in their individual zones, they belong to this unique system of borders.
Rather than being named after their states, they are named after the largest city they serve. There are 21 zones in total and within them, each airport is responsible for the airspace that corresponds to them. Each has a radius of almost 5 miles.
The United States is a fortunate country to have a great variety of ecosystems and biomes that allow different types of industries to exist and the land to be used for different things. Each part of the country has a designated area for each sector such as agriculture, defense, forestry, and so on.
If you examine this map, you will see where flowers for florists come from and where biodiesel can be produced. Most of the center of the country is dedicated to agriculture, while heavy industry is located on the coast.
Throughout history, empires have been created and they have been destroyed. In the year 1279, the Mongol Empire was the most powerful of all and possessed the largest territory ever seen, and it holds the title to this day.
While empires like the Roman and Greek were large too, they were widely dispersed and did not have the amount of territory that the Mongol had. Genghis Khan was the leader of this great empire.
There are two systems of measurement in the world: imperial and metric. Most countries, with a few exceptions, use the metric system with meters, liters and grams.
The United States uses the imperial system that includes miles, yards, and gallons. The most interesting thing is that those responsible for introducing the imperial system were the British, still being something that was used during the colonial era. Liberia, in West Africa, and Myanmar, in Southeast Asia are other countries that use it.
Afforestation is a big industry, and in order to make it sustainable, trees are cut down to be replaced. The United States is home to 0.1% of the world’s forests, making it a large contributor to the world market.
Afforestation is a growing industry, and while indiscriminate logging contributes to the loss of forests, tree planting programs have helped combat this. Mayors and governors constantly plan afforestation programs, which keep America’s green spaces alive.
Taking the train and seeing how the landscapes change is one of the best things about this means of transport. During the Industrial Revolution in America, companies began building roads with the idea of connecting all cities to each other.
In the year 1893, this dream came to an end. It was known as “The Panic,” and it was a time of economic turmoil that caused many businesses and families to go bankrupt. Because of that, there are train tracks going nowhere throughout the United States.
Bright pink flamingos can be found in wild coastal areas all over the world but in very specific regions. Flamingos do not enjoy cold weather, which means they will migrate to hot areas near the Southern Hemisphere.
The pink color on this map shows that flamingos enjoy being in South America, Africa, and part of Asia. The next time you see a flamingo on one leg, think about how much they have flown to get there.
California, known for its size, celebrities and sunny beaches, is so large that it could be considered a country of its own. The state alone has more than 39 million people, more than the total population of Canada.
To put this even more in perspective, California is 25% larger than Italy. However, Italy has more population, with a total of 60 million inhabitants.
While the roads have faded in America’s past, the roads have not. The United States’ Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the administrative body responsible for the impressive expansion of existing highways.
To date, there are about 157,724 miles of highways throughout the entire United States. These roads connect every state, city, and county to each other and require a lot of maintenance. Interestingly, maintenance is not carried out at the federal level but depends on the authorities of each state. That is why some roads are better maintained than others.
Australia is an island and a continent at the same time, which puts it in a very special place. This island, located in the Pacific Ocean, is home to one of the largest coral reefs in the world, and the most poisonous plants and spiders on the planet. Speaking of size, America wins the battle.
Australia is 27% smaller than the United States, which can be seen on this map. It may be a smaller country, but it also has a lot less population to support. The United States needs all the space it has to care for its growing population.
With such a population, some counties in the United States are teeming with people. Los Angeles, the California county, noted that its population is larger than much of the nation’s states.
There are more than 10 million people in that small county! The population is similar to the states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, and New York, just to name a few. Getting a house there must cost a lot of money!
The island of Cuba has been a popular tourist destination for decades, and due to its recent opening to the United States, the inhabitants of the North American country have begun to vacation there. Cuba may look like a large country on a world map, but compared to Hudson’s Bay in North America, it looks much smaller than the provinces that surround the Bay.
Cuba is the size equivalent to 0.083% of Hudson’s Bay, and when we overlap it in the center of the Bay, it looks like it is underwater. If Cuba starts to sink like the Maldives, it will be nothing more than a sandbar, but that will not happen anytime soon. Go on vacation and enjoy its sunny beaches.
Many states in the United States have a good population spread, especially those that are in the center and in the Pacific Northwest. It’s not because people don’t want to live there, but because the Pacific Northwest is quite expensive, and the Midwest doesn’t have as many job opportunities as in big cities.
Based on population density, this is what states would look like if they were mapped. As you can see, much of the population is still on the coasts near the Canadian border. If you feel like moving from those crowded places, then this map will help you.
The most populous country in the world is China. The country located in East Asia has held this title for many years, and fortunately, it has a large territory to support its growing population. However, the United States battles it in territorial terms.
When we overlap them, we see that the United States is not far behind China. The two overpopulated countries are about the same size, but the United States is 9,833,517 km² and China is 9,596,961 km². If this were a competition, the United States would win.
The United States is full of bistros and cafes that make their own coffees. Some sell it cold, while others focus on making fancy designs over the coffee with the foam on top. When it comes to coffee shop chains, there are three that dominate the market.
In most states, Starbucks, which started in Seattle, Washington, is everyone’s top pick. On the east coast, Dunkin ‘Donuts takes second place, as the eastern coastal states prefer it more. Caribou Coffee in Minnesota has an honorable mention, as it is the only state that prefers it.
If you live in a city, or in a rural part of the world, you’ve probably seen the Google Street View car take its tour. The autonomous vehicle is designed to map every part of the world, and if it can’t search the area, then they send a person on foot or on a motorcycle to complete the process.
There are some areas of the world that are closed and do not appear in Google Street View such as Russia and part of Africa. In the future, they may be visible, but for now you will have to visit those places yourself or search Google images.
Behind China, India is the most populous country in the world. In their territory they have approximately 1 billion people. When you look at a world map, India does not appear to be that big, but in reality, it is the seventh largest country in the world.
When we superimpose India on the United States, we realize how large the North American country is. India may be large and has a large population, but it is very small next to the American giant. India has half the territory of the United States, but it is still very large. World maps should start to get a little more accurate and show reality.
While we have seen many maps of the United States and the size and density of its population, there are still many countries that deserve our attention. This map shows all the countries that have less than 100 million inhabitants, which is quite a lot.
One of the reasons why countries like New Zealand, Canada and Australia have much less population and so much territory is due to their climate. The harsh Arctic climate in Northern Canada makes it very difficult for people to live there, and the arid and desert climate in much of Australia makes it very difficult for people to live there. This means that countries with more pleasant climatic conditions tend to have more population.
When you look at a world map, an incredibly large country immediately catches your eye – Russia. Due to its large size, Russia is the largest country in the world. However, like other countries out there, it has areas that are less populated due to its extreme cold. To put it in perspective just look at how big Russia is next to China.
China is not as small as the maps make it seem compared to Russia, however it is much smaller. If you measure it by territory, Russia is 44 percent larger than China.
Most of the maps show Antarctica as a large continent at the bottom of the world. Unless you are looking at a globe, it is difficult to conceptualize that Antarctica is a circular continent rather than long and thin.
Antarctica does not have a permanent population like the other continents, since only scientists, researchers and rotating work teams live there. To understand how big Antarctica is, you have to compare it to all of North America. It may not be that big, but if it were a country, Canada would be 40 percent smaller.
Anyone who has spent time in the city knows what chaos it is. Horns, nightclubs and sirens. This cacophony of sounds contributes to what is called noise pollution.
This map shows illuminated areas, which are concentrated in large cities such as Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Each of these cities has large numbers of inhabitants, which leads to more noise. If you enjoy the calm, then head to the center of the country. We hear Maine is a good option.
For a country to grow, it needs to have a growing population. For example, Japan has an aging population and little immigration, which leads to a decrease in its number of inhabitants. This map shows where the increase in the number of inhabitants in the United States is happening.
These peaks are concentrated in large cities, which also receive a large flow of immigrants. Along with the Canadian border, we don’t see many peaks, and maybe that’s because there are no major cities in the US near the border.
Montana and Mongolia have some similarities. Both have a small population, large land to work the land and livestock, and an incredible agricultural sector. When it comes to size this is where they differ, among several other aspects.
In terms of territory, Montana is 4.1 times smaller. The strange thing is that cartographers make Mongolia look like a huge country in Asia, when in fact it is not.
For some strange reason, Springfield is one of the most popular city names in the United States. In 25 states, there are a total of 33 cities that have the same name. Because of this, the hikers marked the best route to visit the 33 cities named Springfield.
If you’ve been looking to embark on an adventure, visiting one of the many Springfields will be great. This map shows the route that allows you to visit most of all Springfields. There are some municipalities that also share the same name.
Poland, the eastern European country, is known for its mind-blowing pierogis and beautiful architecture that make you feel like you’re traveling back in time. In another episode of Texas against countries, Poland is not even on his heels.
Poland alone is great, but Texas is bigger still. In this instance, everything is bigger in Texas. However, we are not sure if the food in Texas is better. Poland will surely win in a food competition.
It can be a lot of fun making your own maps, especially when it comes to seeing how many countries fall within the US territory. A person on Reddit decided to see how many countries in Europe and Asia fall within the North American territory.
As you can see, a large number of countries fall within it. Although the USA is large, and is densely populated in some states, there are many places that do not have much population.
Many people go to school to learn about geography or how to make their own maps using applications like the Geographic Information Mapping System. For anyone who has spent time learning about size comparisons, you will know that maps do not always have the correct scale.
The United States tends to appear much larger than it actually is, South America and Africa are much larger. When looking at a map, always keep this in mind.
Cities like New York, Miami and Seoul in South Korea have millions of inhabitants. Many others lag far behind those numbers. To put it in perspective, look at this map, which shows black dots over cities with more than 100,000 residents.
You will notice that there are not many cities that have so many inhabitants. In some cases, the majority of the inhabitants live outside the urban centers, which generates a smaller population.
So far, we know which countries have the most inhabitants: China and India. They are also found on the same continent, which means that the largest number of the world’s population lives in the Asia-Pacific region.
The highlighted circle on this map marks where the largest number of people in Asia live. If you thought America was densely populated, then think twice. It only adds up to 5 percent of the world’s population.
Through the centuries, different sports have gained a lot of popularity. In ancient Greece, sports such as javelin throwing and racing were the best known. Now in the 21st century, there is a sport that continues to dominate the world.
If you said soccer or football then you got it right! Soccer is played all over the world, and fans keep coming to see it in the stadium or on television.
Climate change is real, and many countries around the world are experiencing it. One of the effects is forest fires, which have started to occur in countries such as Australia, the United States and Canada.
In an effort to raise awareness, NASA’s Earth Observatory Team released a map to view all active fires. This 2020 image highlights the importance of fighting climate change and doing whatever it takes to stop it.
Anyone who has traveled from the United States to the United Kingdom or countries of the Commonwealth of Nations will know perfectly well that they are driving on the left side of the road. Driving on the left side is something that came about when cars were invented.
In the UK, they continue to drive on the left side, and in the colonies that are part of the Commonwealth of Nations as well. When in doubt when driving, always watch traffic and have this map handy.
While the amount of territory can help determine the size of the population, there are several more factors to consider. For example, populations tend to grow in areas where the climate is not so bad, where there are resources such as clean water and land to farm, and ports that can be used to buy and sell.
Looking at this map, which shows how the world population is scattered, you can see that these factors are very important. Most of the population is concentrated on the coasts of the continents and in areas where the climate is extremely cold, we see fewer inhabitants. Nobody enjoys freezing!
With so many maps that are not correctly to scale, it is time to look at an accurate one that shows the exact territory that each country has. The Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Projection created this map that shows how large the continents and countries are in relation to each other.
Africa is much bigger than what we usually see, and it is important since little by little it is becoming an economic power, and it is experiencing a great increase in its population. The United States is much smaller than what we usually see, this is also interesting since despite being very important economically, it is not the largest country of all.
The territory that is below or Australia, has a total of 7.7 million square kilometers, which makes it one of the largest countries and continents on the map. It can be difficult to put its sheer size into perspective without comparing it to other countries.
This map shows countries like Thailand, South Africa, and many more comfortably overlaid on Australian territory. There is even a place to put some smaller countries, like Luxembourg, if we wanted to add more. If you want to live in a country with a hot climate and great wildlife, then Australia is the place.
The Mercator projection is a new way of designing maps. In the year 1569, a man named Gerardus Mercator introduced his way of making them. It is the process by which the meridians, lines of altitude and longitude are used, and the equator is followed to create a cylindrical projection.
This method continues to be used, especially on nautical charts. The problem with this method is that it is not always entirely accurate. Since the lines are not always shown exactly where the continents would be located on a flat map.
East Asia is mainly made up of South Korea, China, and Japan. Japan is usually shown as a small island on the east coast of Asia. The Mercator projection is responsible for making Japan smaller than it actually is, but this should put that in perspective.
Japan, when compared to the east coast of the United States, is quite large. As if that were not enough, it contains a population of more than 126 million inhabitants. This is almost a third of the US population, which is impressive considering how small Japan is in terms of territory.
There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding Canada. Canadians don’t live in igloos, ride a moose to school, and don’t put maple syrup on everything. Having said that, most Canadians tend to live near the US border or on the coasts.
This red line shows where the largest Canadian population lives. It is concentrated on the east coast and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Part of this is because Toronto and Montreal are two of the largest cities in Canada, both of which are located in these provinces. With more than 20 million people living there, the rest of Canada does not have that much population.
While humans may choose not to live in northern Canada, many animals do. In the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon, herds of reindeer follow a very strict migratory line every year. This also applies to other Canadian birds like geese and to another huge aquatic mammal like the beluga whale.
Each migrating animal follows a route, usually from north to south, so they can enjoy the warm weather during low winter temperatures. This map is primarily focused on mammals, but insects like monarchs are also known to follow these specific paths.
Examining this map, it is obvious that countries share borders. The Topologist’s Map of the World shares a somewhat different vision. Instead of looking at a traditional map of the world, the Topologist’s Map locates countries that have borders that are touched by continents.
Each continent is separated by a blue line, and the small curved rectangles that enclose the continents are islands that do not have direct borders but are in the immediate vicinity. Conceptually, this map is very easy to understand, even though it does not really show the amount of territory that each country has. This is another way of seeing the world.
Countries that are rich in water can irrigate the land used for agriculture, provide clean water to their people, and even export it. North America is fortunate to be home to more than 250,000 rivers, which traverse more than 3.5 million miles of land.
Wherever you look, you will feel that there is a river close by. With so many out there in America, it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that there is one that is 2,540 miles long. The Missouri River wins the title for having the longest distance in the USA.
The Missouri River may have won the title for being the longest, but it is not the river that contains the largest flow of water. That title belongs to the Mississippi River. The red section of the map shows all the Rivers that flow into the Mississippi.
It is estimated that around 7,000 rivers that flow through the United States eventually reach the Mississippi, resulting in the river we all know and love. You will see that the Mississippi River eventually reaches the ocean and from there directly to the Gulf of Mexico.
With more than 7 billion people on this planet, it is difficult to conceptualize that the majority of the world’s population is located in Asia, Africa, and South America. To detail this, take a look at this colorful map. Each color shows how the world’s populations combine to form a billion inhabitants in specific regions. For example, to reach one billion people, North America, South America, and Australia would have to come together.
India and China have a billion people alone. Africa, Europe combined with the Middle East, part of Asia and Oceania do the rest. Those are many people that Mother Earth must take care of.
It’s time to finally get off our planet and look at the moon. Space exploration is still difficult, but every day we get a little closer to being able to explore other planets and see what the universe has to offer us. The moon is something we all see, but how big is it really?
With the United States superimposed on the lunar surface, you can see that it occupies one side almost entirely. If Asia were superimposed there, it would have completely covered the surface of the moon. The moon is quite small when you think of it in those terms.