IMAGES: Redrawing the World

Science  26 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5777, pp. 1113
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5777.1113c

Russia is the largest country by land area. But on a map that scales nations according to total births, it practically disappears, dwarfed by India and China. The stark contrast in childbearing comes from Worldmapper, created by researchers at the University of Sheffield, U.K., and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The site turns drab demographic and economic statistics into eye-catching maps. One hundred figures size each country according to variables such as past and predicted population, number of elderly people, and oil imports.

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