This collection of world maps published here at TakePart.com looks at the worldwide distribution of land, income, money, slavery, trees, water, internet, and energy.
- Map #1: The True Size of Africa
- Africa is as big as the U.S., China, India, Japan, and most of Europe combined.
- Map #2: Where and How We Live
- Population density and income
- Map #3: Where the Money Is
- Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea are large while Africa is small in terms of land mass per wealth
- Map #4: Where The World’s 30 Million Slaves Live
- Slavery is concentrated in Africa and South Asia
- Map #5: Where The Trees Are
- Investors in the U.S., Europe, and China see opportunity in Africa’s fertile areas and have been buying up land there to grow food and biofuel crops
- Map #6: Where The Water Is
- The trees appear to be where the water is per Map #6
- Map #7: Global Internet Usage
- Only 7% of Africans have internet access. Africa’s telecommunications market is leapfrogging over the landline era to the mobile phone era of today: “Roughly 80 percent of the population have cell phones.”
- Map #8: Energy Poverty
- A snapshot of the world at night contrasts Africa’s electricity use with that in the global north.
Photos/Maps: Wikimedia (Creative Commons)
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