What are World Country Groupings?
MapsofWorld’s latest offering is World Country Groupings – a collection of 12 clean and informative maps of the world. The countries of the world have been grouped together based on a number of criteria. The World Country Groupings are the perfect marriage of maps and data and perfect for students, teachers, researchers and just about anyone.
What criteria are these groupings based on?
The World Country Groupings group different nations based on geographic, economic, and political divisions. Some of these, such as the NATO, are also alliance based divisions. Depending on the area in question the EU functions as a federation, confederation or an international organization. Some of these groupings show member nations of arbitrary organizations such as the OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).
Which country groups are featured on MapsofWorld?
The World Country Groupings section of MapsofWorld features 12 different maps –
• World Continents Map
• Map of European Union Countries
• World Commonwealth Countries Map
• OPEC Member Countries
• SAARC Member Countries
• NATO Member Countries
• EFTA Member Countries
• OECD Member Countries
• APEC Member Economies Map
• BRICS Countries Map
• World Map – G20 Member Countries
• Map of G8 Countries
Why are these groupings important?
Most of the country groupings have economic and trade implications. Other alliances such as the SAARC and NATO are political alliances which extend into socio-cultural cooperation for the member nations. The BRICS are an emerging group of economies of the world. The alliance based on mutual economic cooperation has transformed into political clout for the nations. Understanding these country groupings may be the key to understanding the political and economic developments of the world.
Find this excellent section on World Economic Groupings here.
We made this map for the F1 fans, who'd print this out and paste it on their walls. With the F1 season heating up, we thought it would be cool to add all the F1 circuits on a world map. Did you know, that the Formula One cars are among the fastest circuit racing cars in the world? F1 cars race at speeds of upto 340 kmph. The F1 season consists of a series of races, known as Grands Prix, held on purpose-built circuits. The results of each race are added up to determine World Championships. Interestingly, the results are added up to determine two world championships, one for drivers and other for the circuit constructors.
World Map - F1 CircuitsImage credit: Mark McArdle
A physical map is utilized to depict the physical features on the planet. Like various landforms and water bodies on earth's surface. A World Physical map shows various landforms like mountains, deserts and plains. Different colors are used to distinguish landforms and elevations. For us at MapsofWorld.com, we want to be the best in the mapping business. We keep updating all our maps to keep the information current and relevant. We have a complete section devoted to physical maps of the world as well as physical maps pertaining specifically to the countries of the world. These maps are essential resources for students, teachers and researchers.
World Physical Map
World Physical Map depicts the main features of elevation and depression on the earth's surface. The map is also a graphic representation of the earth's various contours and its most prominent physical features.
Today is International Women's Day. On March 8th every year the world celebrates women's economic, political and social achievements. In many countries it is an official holiday. Our team thought of a way of showing our respect to women world over, typical to our style, we made a map. Find below the World Map of current women world leaders. To all the women in our lives - mothers, wives, girlfriends, daughters, colleagues and more.. Happy Women's Day
World Map - Current World Women Leaders
Did you know that around 40% to 75% of all species are indigenous to the rainforests? It is also estimated that there may be millions of species of plants, insects and microbes still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Not just that, Rainforests are responsible for an astounding 28% of world's oxygen turnover and over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there. No wonder they have been called "Jewels of the Earth". If this is not fascinating what is! We plotted the tropical rainforests on a World Map, hope this would be useful in your research, studies or for curiosity.
World Map - Rainforests
World Map illustrates the tropical rainforests of the World. Located between 0° - 30° of both the hemispheres, tropical rainforest is the richest bio-diversity zone of the world.
Image credit - tauntingpanda
It is no surprise that real economic growth in the world is happening in the east. With US and Europe recovering from an economic downturn, the industries in the heart of Asia are becoming the engines of economic growth. Many corporations are eyeing these growing markets and countries, which are on an economic growth curve. Our team has put together a World Map with predictions of Real GDP Growth Rate forecast for 2012, let us know if you agree with the prediction or otherwise.
World Map - Real GDP Growth Rate Forecast 2012
Check out the World Map showing the countries by their Real GDP Growth Rate forecast for 2012. It is predicted that in 2012 China and India would have the highest GDP growth rate while US and UK would have their GDP growth rate in between 1 to 3.
Did you know which countries are the major producers of Diamonds in the World? You will notice from the World Map that there are three countries from Africa making the ranks in the Top 7. It is in Africa that 2/3rd of world's diamonds are extracted. Human rights violations and the infamous blood diamonds (where diamonds are mined in war zones and sold to finance the unlawful operations of rebels and terrotist groups) have made the sale of diamonds a controversial issue worldwide. For this reason many buyers insist on a proof of conflict-free diamonds. Find below a World Map of major diamond producing countries and let us know if this was useful for you.
Major Diamond Producers, on a World Map
Last Monday (Feb 6, 2012) Philippines witnessed a disastrous earthquake which shook the island nation with a magnitude of 6.7. The quake hit the highly populated region on the island of Negros. Check Map of impacted areas. Our team went back to our maps repository and compiled and updated a World Map of major earthquakes (since 1900). If nothing, this will remind us that life is fragile, let's pray for those who lost their lives.
World Map - Major Earthquakes
Imagine how the world would be when we get to the year 2050. How the current developments will shape up our future. Going by the current trends in population growth, we attempted to capture how the world population will be distributed among countries in 2050. With the increase in population increases the burden on the resources in a country, population explosion gives rise to a race for resources and the environment takes a beating in the process.
Quote from 'The Matrix'
I remember a quote from 'The Matrix' (1999 movie), in which Agent Smith describes human species - "You move to an area, and you multiply, and you multiply, until every natural resource is consumed. The only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it "is? (Do you remember what it is?, Comment below)
World Map - Most Populated Countries by 2050
Check out the World Map showing the most populated countries as predicted by 2050. It is predicted that in 2050 India, China, United States, Nigeria, Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Brazil, Bangladesh, Philippines would be the most populated countries.
Isn't it interesting that population of some of the big cities in the world is more than the population of an entire country in some cases?The rising numbers in these cities point to internal migration from smaller towns, urban living is fast becoming a global trend. As cities become more crowded the stress rises on the sanitation, utilities, housing and transportation. Even though the map below tells a story of new emerging world, it would be interesting to see how the map evolves in the next 50 years. Any thoughts? Comments section below
World Map - Most Populous Cities of the World in 2010
Check out the World Map which illustrates location of top ten most populous cities of the World in 2010. While Shanghai in China is the world's most populous city with 17.8 million population followed by Istanbul in Turkey with 13.2 m and Karachi in Pakistan with 12.9m
Image Credit: Beltzner @Flickr