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By Rob Waugh UPDATED: 11:57 GMT, 21 October 2011 These silvery threads stretching around the dark globe create a dramatic spider's web showing the patterns of our global sprawl. The stunning images are the result of 13 years of devotion by Canadian anthropologist Felix Pharand who uses them to show how human technologies such as data cables, aeroplanes and roads are colonising the surface of our planet. Using an ordinary home PC, Pharand input data from agencies such as the Geospatial Intelligence Agency and Atmospheric Administration to create accurate illustrations of how humans have 'domesticated' our planet - superimposing the data on images of the earth's cities lit up at night.
John Speed’s Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine is one of the world’s great cartographic treasures. Published in 1611/12, it marked the first time that comprehensive plans of English and Welsh counties and towns were made available in print. To celebrate its 400 th anniversary, Cambridge University Library has digitised each of the proof maps and put them online at www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/maps/speed.html . The Library is also selling copies of the 60 plus images that make up Speed’s masterpiece. Inset into the corner of each county map is a plan of its county town and each spare inch of space is used to illustrate famous battles, local coats of arms, as well as Roman and pre-historic sites. The atlas, bought by the University Library in 1968, is now considered priceless.
The World of Seven Billion The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities. Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank (see key below). Some nations— like economic powerhouses China and India—have an especially wide range of incomes. But as the two most populous countries, both are lower middle class when income is averaged per capita. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
"QUANTUM SHOT" #585 Link - article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Hideous monsters devouring ships? Cryptic symbols, correctly showing storm fronts & dangerous currents
US Historic Settlement Patterns - 1790-2000 about Settlement shown with Choropleth Technique