How best to show that the surface of the Earth is mostly water?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The average world map makes it pretty clear that the surface of the Earth is composed more of water than of land:

but I find there is an even better map out there that shows this, namely an antipode map. What this map shows is which parts of the world lie on the opposite side of where one is standing, that is, where you would end up if you could dig through the centre of the Earth and out the other side.

So the first thing to do with an antipode map is to find where you are, and then see what is on the other side.

What is on the other side of where you live? If in North America, pretty much water. Africa? All water. Europe? All water, unless you're in Spain. India? Water. Australia? Water. Japan, Korea? Water. China? Mostly land by population, mostly water by geography. Middle East? Water. The parts where you could stick a giant skewer into a dry side and have it emerge dry on the other side are almost nonexistent.


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