January 9, 2022 / Blog, Education, Fun, Planet Earth, Politics, Social Issues / 2 minutes of reading These interesting maps were sent to me by a reader. They represent facts we don’t normally encounter: The map of Poland superimposed over the map of Texas gives a rare comparison of country sizes. It almost makes you question whether the scale of both maps are the same, but they are. Canada is a vast country and pretty much empty of population. You would be forgiven for missing the red line on the bottom right-hand corner of the map. That line marks the northern limit of where 50% of Canada’s population lives in just those small parts squeezed between the northern U.S. border and that red line. I must say I’ve never particularly wondered about the size of Japan in comparison to other areas of the world. Hence, I had no idea the Japanese archipelago was that big, or that long. World maps often give a skewed impression, but when the Japanese Islands are placed down the Atlantic coast of the U.S. the real size of Japan comes to life. This map is quite frightening, especially if you live in Brazil as some of my readers do. The area in red is Brazil and that country suffers from approximately 59,000 homicides a year, based on currently available statistics. In order to equal that number you have to add up all the homicides in all the countries in blue. As I said, very frightening. The area in red on the map of the U.S. has a total population equal to the sum of the populations in the two orange areas. I’m not sure what that signifies except that it emphasizes how diverse different parts of the U.S. really are. This map show the identities of the largest employer in each of the states of the U.S. The obvious standout is the employment in Walmart stores, but I was also surprised that the largest employer in Colorado was the University of Colorado. This list of interesting maps certainly opened my eyes. I will try to find some more and share them.