Brushing up on your geography skills and packing your cranium with conversation-starting factoids in 10 minutes? This video is a godsend.
Browsing ATI By geography
Conceived in 1569 as an aid to maritime navigation, Flemish cartographer Gerardus Mercator’s “Mercator projection” has skewed our perceptions of the world in which we live for centuries. While the linear scale is equal, it distorts the size and shape of large objects, stretching the poles to the point that the projection is practically unusable beyond 70 degrees north or south.List View
By using rhumb lines, or lines of constant compass bearing that are good for direction, the Mercator projection became the standard mental and projection map for most seafaring Westerners, inflating the size–and potentially egos–of colonial powers over time. While it has long been shown that the Mercator projection distorts rather than projects geographical truths, it still appears from time to time in classrooms, textbooks, and a Mercator variation is still used by Google Maps, Bing Maps, Mapquest and Yahoo Maps in online street mapping. Thankfully, the Mercator myths have been dispelled by the folks at Business Insider with these incredible map overlays.
Thinking about moving? You might want to comparison shop before buying a place in one of these four prime global cities. Factor in cost of living and taking a bite out of life in the Big Apple might be too much for you to chew.
A fascinating map of population density across the world:
While India and China’s economies are in full bloom, in terms of population density both places are seeing red. As it stands, India comprises a staggering 17% of the world’s population and sports a population density of 964 people per square mile. For its part, a whopping 1.3 billion people and counting reside within Chinese borders, all of whom contribute to its density of 363 people per square mile.
For context’s sake, this is from a 16th century German bible.
Tiny Islands That You’ll Never Visit: Snake Island, Brazil
Off the coast of Brazil sits Ilha de Queimada Grande, or as it’s known in colloquial English, Snake Island. Comprising roughly 110 acres of trees, the island is uninhabited and travel to it is expressly forbidden by the Brazilian navy. Why? Because Queimada Grande is home to hundreds of thousands of golden lanceheads, the snake pictured above.