26 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

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Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Maps are a great tool and can help us understand how we are all connected. Below you will find a collection of informative maps that will hopefully teach you something new and give you a fresh perspective of our amazing planet and those that inhabit it.

1. If You’re on the Beach, This is What’s Across the Ocean

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Map by ESO via Washington Post

2. Air Traffic Across the Globe in a Single 24-Hour Period

3. How Google Maps Alters Borders Based on the Country You’re Viewing From

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Map via Chafuter on reddit

4. The Most Consumed Alcoholic Beverage by Country

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Map by ChartsBin

5. Countries That Look Like Other Countries (+Bonus States)

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Map via Ambamja

6. Where are you allowed to go based on where you were born

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Map by Ricky Linn/Good.is

7. The longest time in the air

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8. The Word for Bear in Various European Languages

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Map by Bezbojnicul

9. Percentage of People Having Sex Weekly by Country

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Map by Charts Bin

10. Which Exports Make Your Country the Most Money

 

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Map by Khosla/Global Post

11. Browsers

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Map by Statcounter/Vox

12. Tech Companies in Silicon Valley/San Francisco

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Maps by Vox

13. Longest Distance You Can Travel Without Crossing Major Bodies of Water

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Map by Guy Bruneau

14. If North America Were on Jupiter or Mars

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Map by John Brady/Astronomy Central

15. There are More Wikipedia Articles Inside this Circle than Outside of It

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16. Greenland and Africa – Mercator Projection vs Actual Size

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Map via Asuros

17. The Busiest Ports

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Map by Seth Kadish/Vizual Statistix

18. Access to Sanitation Around the Globe

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Map by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

19. Nutella and the Global Economy

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Map by OECD

20. People Tweeting About Sunrises Over a 24-Hour Period

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Map by NASA EOSDIS GIBS, CartoDB

21. Fiber Optic Cables Around the World

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Map by TeleGeography

22. Key Import Sources Around the World

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23. Major Russian Gas Pipelines Into Europe

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Map by Samuel Bailey (sam.bailus@gmail.com)

24. The Internet

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Map by The Oxford Internet Institute

25. Map distortion

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Map by Seth Kadish/Vizual Statistix

26. Relief Maps of Earth with Exaggerated Mountain Ranges

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Maps by Anton Balazh

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