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Who Knew?, ctd

The Economist adds to the rigor of Kai Krause’s map, which I covered here.

In Mr Krause’s map he seems to have used the shapes of the countries from a Mercator projection, but has scaled up the outline of Africa, without changing its shape, to show the appropriate area. An alternative and arguably more rigorous approach would be to repeat the exercise using an “equal area” projection that shows the countries’ areas correctly while minimising shape distortion.

(h/t Dave)

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  1. Dave
    November 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    I don’t know if it exists, but I would love to see a map of Africa illustrating population density.

    • November 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      I wish I was better at making maps/graphs.

  2. zach
    November 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

    what do you mean, dave? just a present day map of africa by population density where high pop. density areas would be dark and low pop. areas light?

  3. Dave
    November 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah.

  4. Dave
    November 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Actually, if you could swing it, I’d prefer high population density to be represented by red.

  5. zach
    November 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    just google map africa population density and you’ll find a ton of them.

  6. Dave
    November 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    No.

  7. zach
    November 13, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    coming from you, dave. i’ll take that as a compliment.

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