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
Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water. Hydropower is often used in conjunction with dams to generate electricity. A dam can also be used to collect water or for storage of water which can be evenly distributed between locations. Some of the biggest dams in the world are massive man-made structures, fascinating if you love architective and engineering marvels. Read about the Three Gorges Dam's environmental impact and you will understand the value of these massive structures in our world today. If you have any thoughts or comments, we welcome those, please use the comment section below.
World Map of Major Dams
Check out the World Map depicting location of major dams in the world by volume of structure. World's largest Dams include Three Gorges dam in China, Syncrude Tailings dam in Canada and Tarbela Dam in Pakistan.
Image Credit: HBarrison @Flickr
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Mention the word 'Tsunami' and tragic and devastating scenes from the recent Japan Earthquake and Tsunami come to mind. Tsunami came into our vocabulary with the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami which was among the deadliest natural disasters in human history. A Tsunami is a series of water waves cased by displacement by a large volume of water. Tsunami's can be caused by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, glacier calvings, meterorite impacts and any other disturbance which can cause massive displacement of water.
If you remember the videos and pictures of actual Tsunami waves, Tsunami waves have a far longer wavelegth, they seem like a rapidly rising tide. (See image below) Did you know Wave heights of tens of metres can be generated by large events? The destructive power of Tsunamis is enormous.
Image Credits - Wikimedia Commons
World Map - Tsunami Zones
Check out the World Map (below) which illustrates Tsunami Zones of the world categorized into three parts; the red color shows high risk tsunami zone, Orange color shows moderate risk tsunami zone and yellow color shows the low risk tsunami zone.
Do you think Tsunami's are linked to Climate Change?
Add your comments in the comment section below, we have seem a lot of Tsunami activity in the last decade, what's your take on it?
If geology fascinates you, this may be the World Map you're looking for. In light of the recent earthquakes around the world, its important to understand the anatomy of Earth's crust and its tectonic plates. Before I get into Fault Lines, its important to understand what 'Fault' actually is. Fault is the discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement along the fractures as a result of earth movement. Large faults within the Earth's crust result from action of tectonic forces. Earthquakes are caused from the energy release associated with rapid movement on active faults. Fault lines are lines of intersection between the fault plane and the earth's surface, representing boundaries between tectonic plates.
World Map of Fault Lines
Check out the World Map of Fault Lines which represents the lines that mark a boundary between two tectonic plates of the Earth's crust.
Train accidents are usually caused by miscommunication, faults in equipment, natural diasasters and human error. You will notice that accident which tops the list was caused by Tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004. Even though traveling by train is a fascinating experience, train accidents are a horror story. News coverage of any train accidents brings about scenes of horror. Did you see the spectacular train accident scene in the 2011 movie Super 8? Incidentally, Last week I saw video of a train which ran through a Tornado, find it below.
World Map - Major Train Accidents
Check out the World Map showing location of major Train Accidents accross the world. The worst train accidents are Tsunami-Rail Disaster in Peraliya, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne derailment in Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne, France and Ciurea rail disaster in Ciurea, Romania.