July 14, 2011, 10:23 pm
By Henry Woodbury
Scale is a kind of beauty. Here Kai Krause maps out the scale of the continent of Africa in comparison to a selection of the usual suspects:
Click through for full-size map, more data, and editorial content (whose thesis I find entirely unconvincing).
I’m more intrigued by the effectiveness of the visualization as an informational device. The juxtaposition is what matters, not the “true size”. If you mapped the true size of Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Central America against the continent of North America the result would be entirely pointless.
What makes Krause’s map intriguing is the contrast between large countries and a continent comprised mostly of small ones. To make a North American map of equivalent interest I would replace the large land masses of Canada, the United States, and Mexico with numerous small countries (to reverse the conceit we could replace Central America with Madagascar — a number of small countries with one large). Thus, we learn about the size of the selected countries as well as the size of the continent.
How can I get a copy of this map?
Posted by Sally on October 24, 2012 at 5:55 am
This is a fantastic post but just to let you know that Ireland is not part of the ‘UK/United Kingdom’ and actually has an 800 year history of fighting for independence. (For a cursory glance over this history pleas see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_War_of_Independence). This diagram speaks volumes about colonialism and many would therefore find the inclusion of the Irish state in the UK rather ironic.
Posted by Sinead on April 5, 2013 at 2:38 am
Your geographic size determinism is no better than what we have today. I worked with Mandela in South Africa over 63 trips — and presently working in the West Bank.
The REAL differences have to do with layers/levels of complexity as well as capacities in various bioregions –I will challenge your basic assumption about social equality as if it really matters. It’s your thinking that produces the threats from North Korea and Iran. You need to go back to the drawing board. We are speaking at the UN the first week in June about all of this. Don Edward Beck, Ph D.
Posted by Dr Don Beck on April 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm