Need Some Help in Understanding the World?

These maps and charts give us new perspectives of our world.

The earth at night.jpg
By NASA Earth Observatory – NASA Earth Observatory, Public Domain, Link

Sometimes (okay, lots of times) I feel overwhelmed with all the facts and opinions that fly at me from television, the Internet, newspapers, and the radio.

Setting aside the complexity of troubles in the Middle East (which can make anyone’s head spin) it is hard for me to discern how all this information fits together, and what it has to do with my corner of the world.

If you have the same problem, I want to introduce you to a website that I discovered when someone sent me an article on VOX (a melding of journalism and technology that has been online for less than half a year) called 22 Maps and Charts That Will Surprise You.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, these charts and graphs are worth far more than that. The way they present information will help you understand the relationship of the United States to the rest of the world in ways you may never have suspected.

I hope you take a look at number seven — “America is so big that its states are the size of countries” — because next week I am writing a post about the eleven “nations” of North America.

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