World population 1500, and other maps

Here is a population-weighted map of the world, circa 1500:

World1500

Here is the projected world population map, circa 2050:

World2050

Here are other neat maps.  Here are maps of tourism, emigration, and refugees.  Here is my favorite, a map of the flow of net immigration.  Or try this map of aircraft departures, watch Africa disappear.  Here is the strange geography of fruit exports.  Here is how to make South America look really big, or reallly small (can you guess?).

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Random idea: It would be pretty neat if one also created some map animations. For example, one could have an animation showing a sequence of maps portraying population/income/disease over a number of years. It would also be neat to see things like how internet traffic over the period of a day.

Wow. The Falkland Islands are far more populated than I ever guessed.

It's odd that the immigration map shows a significant flow into the Middle East. All I can think of is that the contract workers from South and East Asia in the Gulf countries are being counted as immigrants.

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It's odd that the immigration map shows a significant flow into the Middle East. All I can think of is that the contract workers from South and East Asia in the Gulf countries are being counted as immigrants.

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