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Visual Impact: Worldmapper.org February 24, 2010

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Not to bombard you with reference resources today, but I stumbled across another great site that will easily keep you occupied for a while. Worldmapper.org provides more than 700 world maps (over half of which are available in PDF form) that showcase various statistics by resizing countries to visually show the impact of such statistics. There are even a few that are animated, and thus display the way the world has changed over a number of years. All of the maps link to excel spreadsheets with detailed statistics as well as sources. The organization is run by a group of college professors. I am going to include some of the most astounding maps below so you can see for yourself what an impact these can have, but make sure to check out the whole list of maps here.

Forest Loss - Click image for more info

Malaria Deaths - click for more info

Research and Development Employees - Click for more info

Nuclear Arms - Click for more info

McDonalds is Everywhere, and other cool Maps January 17, 2010

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Last fall, Weather Sealed released an amazing map showing all the McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. It’s a pretty cool image:

Now, in what must have been a huge project, Weather Sealed has released a series of links(here for boys, and here for girls), showing everywhere in the US that has a particular street name.

According to the Social Security Administration’s list of Top Baby names, Emma was the most popular girl’s name in 2008. So here is the map of streets named Emma: all 369 of them!

(via Wired)

English Language Learners in the US November 12, 2009

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Came across this NY Times interactive map of the US which illustrates the amount of people in an area that are learning English. Not too many surprises, with California and border areas having the highest percentages of ELLs (English Language Learners). But, I was surprised that NY didn’t have higher numbers, and also at the high numbers in the Northwest and Alaska… what languages are people natively speaking there if not English?

(via 2CoolTools)