The map shows the migration routes followed by the Melanesian and Polynesian peoples in the populating of the Pacific.
According to the map, the Polynesian forebears had reached the island of New Guinea (Papua) by about 5,000 BCE, though
the more commonly accepted time frame is about 1,500 BCE. The Melanesian forebears are thought to have reached the island of New Guinea around 19,000 BCE.
From New Guinea and surrounding islands, the main migration route led to the Solomons, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa and the Marquesas.
From the Marquesas, a radial pattern of migrations resulted in the populating of Hawaii (300 CE), Easter Island, and the Pitcairn Islands.
The map shows two migration routes to the Cook Islands, from where the founding population of New Zealand came in about 1,000 CE.
This map shows the major transportation patterns around the world on both land and water. Ocean shipping routes are indicated with arrows that are proportional in width to the tonnage of cargo carried, while land transport routes are indicated by shading of all areas that are within 20 miles (32 km) of roads, railroads, or inland waterways.
John Allen, Student Atlas of Anthropology, First Edition (p. 86)
This map shows the spread of religions around the world. Countries are color coded by their predominant religion. Some of the religions represented are Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Animism (tribal religions), and Confucianism.
John Allen, Student Atlas of Anthropology, First Edition (p. 102-103)
These six world maps show the changes in the population density of different regions over the past 40,000 years. An inset shows estimates of the world population in twelve different years, ranging from 38,000 B.C.E. until the present.
John Allen, Student Atlas of Anthropology, First Edition (p. 70)
World oil 2004: reserves, consumption, trade and conflicts
The map shows:
major oil trade routes (2003) with annual flows
oil-related conflicts and state repression
It also lists the main production areas of ExxonMobil, BP, and Shell.
A note on the map indicates that “Data on reserves, consumption,
production and trade routes are from the BP review of world energy
2004.” The provided URL is no longer valid except via the Wayback
Machine, e.g. here.
This work appears to be published in the U.K. without a copyright notice. The revised version of the booklet is dated June, 2005.
The Beyond Oil booklet was written by Jo Hamilton, Lorne Stockman,
Mark Brown, George Marshall, Greg Muttitt, and Nick Rau, designed by
Stig and edited by Mark Lynas. The web edition was designed and edited
by Matthew Carroll.
This chart shows the difference between countries, determined by health and economy.
In some cases, the country’s healthcare is high and well maintained, while the economy is failing or could be better. In other cases, the economy is doing well, but health is not as high, due to diseases like HIV/AIDS.
United Nations Environment Programme / GRID-Arendal
Cartographer/Designer Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
When the East was the World’s Manufacturing Center, 16th to 18th Centuries
This map uses directional arrows to show trading connections from the 16th to 18th century. Most of the arrows are concentrated in Asia and Arabia, suggesting the predominance of “the East” in trade. However, the cartographer’s decisions about where to draw separate arrows appear to have been strongly biased in favor of the intended visual effect. Notice also that the map title’s reference to “manufacturing centre” does not correspond to anything in the map itself.
The map also identifies two trading clusters, one labeled the “Atlantic Trading Zone” (slaves, tobacco, sugar, wood, furs, diamonds, gold, silver, coffee) and the other the “Asia Trading Zone” (textiles, clothing, cotton, shoes, furniture, ceramics, mother of pearl, porcelain, spices, tea, opium, silver).
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This West Nile virus sample risk map is derived from NASA satellite data and disease control data from the Center for Disease Control and state health departments. The colors represent relative levels of risk for West Nile Virus in 2001 as follows:
grey – no data
green – no risk
yellow – low risk
orange – medium risk
red – high risk
Black circles indicate the location of infected crows.
This “Worldmapper” map shows the global distribution of wealth in the year 1900. Territory size reflects the proportion of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) adjusted for purchasing power parity from each particular country.
The map is accompanied by two tables that show the ten wealthiest countries in terms of wealth per person and show some other other notable rankings. In the tables, wealth is defined as the average GDP per person in purchasing power parity of the US dollar in 1990. There is also a graph that charts changes in wealth over time by region. The great jump in GDP over the past 200 hundred years reflects the increases in efficiency and output achieved through the Industrial Revolution.
This “Worldmapper” map shows the global distribution of wealth in the year 1 current era. Territory size reflects the proportion of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) adjusted for purchasing power parity from each particular country. In the year 1, there was a relatively low variation in wealth between different regions of the world. Since the map reflects total wealth, not wealth per capita, this map looks very similar to the population map for year 1–the countries with the largest populations have the most wealth.
The map is accompanied by two tables that show ranked lists of the ten countries with the most and least wealth per capita. Here, wealth is defined as the average GDP per person in purchasing power parity of the US dollar in 1990. There is also a bar graph that shows the the global distribution of wealth by region in 1 C.E.
This “Worldmapper” map shows the global distribution of wealth in the year 1500. Territory size reflects the proportion of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) adjusted for purchasing power parity from each particular country. In the year 1500, European territories had the highest GDP per person, while Asia had the largest population and highest total GDP. Central and Southeastern Africa had both the lowest GDPs and the lowest GDPs per capita.
The map is accompanied by tables that show the top twelve countries in terms of wealth per person and show other notable rankings. Here, wealth is defined as the average GDP per person in purchasing power parity of the US dollar in 1990. There is also a graph that charts changes in wealth over time by region.
This “Worldmapper” map shows the number of war deaths by country from 1945 until 2000. Territory size shows the proportion of deaths worldwide directly attributed to war or conflict that occurred in each specific country during this period. China, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sudan suffered the highest number of war deaths during this period.
The map is accompanied by a table that shows the twenty countries with the most war deaths as a percentage of their total population. There is also a bar graph that shows the number of people (in millions) killed by war or conflict in different regions of the world.
The “Waldseemüller map“, first published in 1507, actually contains two maps: the main map and an inset map showing the eastern and western hemispheres. The two maps differ in that in the main map, North and South America are not joined together.
The map is remarkable for several reasons:
1. At the time it was published, it was still believed that America and Asia formed a single land-mass: the first recorded sighting of the Pacific by a European did not take place until 1512 or 1513 (see Vasco Núñez de Balboa).
Martin Waldseemüller probably included an ocean to the west of the Americas as a result of the influence of Mundus Novus, a book which is attributed to Amerigo Vespucci and which proposed that America was a new continent.
2. The map was one of the first to depict latitude and longitude of the entire globe precisely — it uses a modified Ptolemaic projection.
3. It is the first map known to have used the name “America”.
This image is in the public domain in the United States because it is nothing more than a slavish copying of a public-domain work and thus is not considered creative (see Bridgeman v. Corel). This logic may or may not apply in other nations. See elsewhere on this page for details about why the underlying work is in the public domain.
This map shows global exploration routes from 1485 to 1600. Routes are associated with the major powers: England, France, Portugal, Spain, and the Dutch. Explorers, like Columbus and da Gama, are named on the map.
Oxford Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press, 1999. General Editor Patrick K. O’Brien. (pp. 116-117).
This map shows trade routes of the Vikings from the 8th to the 11th centuries. The transmission of styles and mediums (such as bone, ivory and antler) followed these trade routes. The map also shows the sources of different metals.
Regions are colored to correspond to the settlements of different groups: the Danish, the Norwegians and the Swedish.
The spread of art styles is illustrated by the colored boxes, which give the approximate time period of each style, ranging from the late 8th century to the 12th century.
Atlas of Western Art History. Facts on File, Inc., New York, 1994, page 89