Cartography: 25 Amazing Maps to Help You Make Sense of the World

Reversed Map with Southern Hemisphere at Top of Map (because position of North is arbitrary)

Maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers. This collection of maps aims to do just that.

Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

1. Where Google Street View is Available

2. Countries That Do Not Use the Metric System

3. The Only 22 Countries in the World Britain Has Not Invaded (not shown: Sao Tome and Principe)

4. Map of ‘Pangea’ with Current International Borders

Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.

5. McDonald’s Across the World

6. Paid Maternal Leave Around the World

7. The Most Common Surnames in Europe by Country

8. Worldwide Driving Orientation by Country

9. Map of Time Zones in Antarctica

10. The World’s Busiest Air Routes in 2012

11. Visualizing Global Population Density

12. Flag Map of the World

13. Map of Alcohol Consumption Around the World

14. Map of Alcoholic Drink Popularity by Country

15. Map of Rivers in the Contiguous United States

16. US Map of the Highest Paid Public Employees by State

17. World Map of Earthquakes Since 1898

18. Map of Where 29,000 Rubber Duckies Made Landfall After Falling off a Cargo Ship in the Middle of the Pacific Ocean

19. Map of Countries with the Most Violations of Bribery

20. World Map of Vegetation on Earth

21. Average Age of First Sexual Intercourse by Country

22. If the World’s Population Lived in One City

23. The Number of Researchers per Million Inhabitants Around the World

24. Worldwide Map of Oil Import And Export Flows

25. The 7000 Rivers that Feed into the Mississippi River

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