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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Another Neat Site -- WorldMapper

Check out Worldmapper, a fascinating visual aid that resizes areas of the world according to a subject of interest.

The map displayed here represents total births in the year 2000. Here you can see quite clearly the huge disproportion of births occurring on the Indian subcontinent. You often hear, for instance, about how Muslims are reproducing at a rate much higher than Western populations. What this map shows, however, is that most of that rapid growth is taking place in Pakistan and Bangladesh, not in the Middle East, and that these are dwarfed by the number of Hindu births.

There are dozens of these maps and more are being produced all the time so check back often for updates.

Maps and the data on which they are based are available in a number of different formats.


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