Maps That Explain the World

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Tue, Feb 4th, 2014 20:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Washington Post has this wonderful gallery, complete with explanations, showing 40 maps that explain the world, covering historical, political and the creation of Nutella. Above, a map showing where people live by economic status.

Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy.

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