In our ongoing collection of thematic maps of Asia, our team is developing theme based maps to help you learn more about the continent. The world is looking at Asia for economic growth, our focus is to help you understand this vast continent.
Largest & Smallest Countries in Asia
Russia, China and India are the top three largest countries, interesting to note that 60% of world's population lives in Asia. On the other hand, the top three smallest countries include Maldives, Singapore and Bahrain, all with a higher quality of life and higher per capita GDP compared to the largest countries. It is interesting how every map tells a story about a continent.
Asian Countries with Longest & Shortest Coastlines
Majority of world trade still happens through sea ports today. Land-locked countries are always at a disadvantage and have ecnonomies which do no depend on sea-borne trade. The countries with longest coastlines are at a greater advantage for economic development.
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Few days back we posted thematic maps of European landlocked countries. It seemed natural that countries with a longer coastline (or access to sea) had an advantage. Mainly because a large percentage of international trade happens through sea ports. It is also observed that coastal regions tend to be heavily populated than inland ones. Our team put together a thematic map on the European countries with longest and shortest coastline, would be interesting to compare their economies with landlocked countries in Europe.
Updated thematic maps of Europe:
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Few days back we posted thematic maps of Europe on Birth Rates. It was interesting to note how birth rate in a country is indicative of future demands on its resources. In today's thematic maps update, we're adding two more maps to the collection. In contrast to birth rate, today we're adding European thematic map on Death Rate (plus a Birth Rate map for quick comparison)
Death rate is often expressed as the number of deaths per 1,000 of the population per year. Death rate is indicative of the health of various populations. Death rates have significantly declined in the West in modern times. This has been mainly due to improvements in basic health care.
Thematic Maps updated for Europe:
Question: How do you think Death Rate impacts a country? What would be the impact of a lower death rate and that of a higher death rate in a country? Share your responses in the comments below or write on our Facebook Wall.
Adding more thematic maps of Europe to our collection, today we're providing a visual on the forest area in Europe. The thematic maps provide country by country data on forest area in the continent.
What's Forest Area? Forest Area is an area with high density of trees (rather obvious definition won't you say). What's important is that forests function as habitat for organisms and conserves soil, constituting one of the most important aspects of the biosphere. Forests are central to human life because they provide a diverse range of resources, they store carbon, aid in regulating our climate, purify water and minimize risk of natural hazards such as floods.
Find below Thematic Maps for Europe: By Forest Area
Taking our European Thematic Maps collection forward, we have added maps for Birth Rate in Europe. Birth Rate is defined as number of child-births per 1000 people per year. It is indicative of population gowth (Birth Rate minus Death Rate) in a country/region. Increasing birth rate in a country is indicative of future demands on resources in the region. High birth rate in a developing world is a challenge and low birth rate in developed countries is a challenge too. The thematic maps (like the one above) paint an interesting reality for Europe, would love to hear your comments on it.
Birth Rates in Europe:
Comments? These thematic maps can be resourceful if you’re working on projects or just for pure understanding of the world. In either case, do leave your comments below, send us a tweet or facebook wall update, to let us know how we’re doing.
In our ongoing new series on European thematic maps, we've just updated thematic maps of landlocked and coastal countries in Europe. A landlocked country is enclosed by land from all sides or whose coastlines lie on closed seas (example: Black Sea in Europe). Historically being a landlocked country is regarded as a disadvantage for a nation, mainly because there is no seaborne trade. A large percentage of international trade happens through sea ports. In our observation, coastal regions tend to be heavily populated than inland ones.
Read an interesting quote by Paul Collier:
"If you are coastal, you serve the world; if you're landlocked, you serve your neighbors"
We have updated the following European Thematic Maps:
Question for you: In today's world, do you think being a landlocked country poses as a challenge? Major International trade happens through the sea ports, but economies can also be driven with industries which do not require access to the sea. (example: Switzerland?) What do you think? Comment below, send a tweet or write on our Facebook wall
Guten Tag everyone (Hello in German), We still have the momentum from the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 2011). An exciting event with the convergence of publishers from around the world (Check Video)
After the success of our thematic maps on Africa, our thematic maps team worked hard to create the same level of quality resources for Europe. 'Thematic Maps' or 'Theme based' maps help understand the statistics and data visualized on a map. Useful for project work or just curiosity, thematic maps are an excellent tool for research. We'll be covering the following areas in Europe Thematic Maps: Countries by forest area, literacy rate, life expectancy, human development index, birth rate, death ratearable land, coastlal and landlocked countries, sex ratio, population density and more.
European Thematic Maps Updated:
We would love to hear from you, how you've been using the thematic maps and if you have suggestions for our thematic maps team to develop more maps. Do send in your comments below, send us a tweet or write on our Facebook wall.
As the meaning suggests, a Landlocked country is entirely enclosed by land, or whose coastlines lie on closed seas. In the world there are 47 landlocked countries. Our thematic maps team developed maps to visualize the data on Landlocked countries in Africa. It would make an interesting discussion to find out how economy, culture and life is affected in a Landlocked country.
For Example, Being a landlocked country can be disadvantageous as it cuts the country off from sea resources like fishing, it also adversely affects access to seaborne trade, which makes up for a large volume of international trade even today. Coastal regions tend to be heavily populated than inland ones for that reason.
Question: What do you think are the Advantages (if any) for a Country being Landlocked?
We’re releasing three thematic maps on Africa today:
- Landlocked Countries of Africa
- African Countries with Shortest Coastlines
- African Countries with Longest Coastlines
Adding more thematics maps to our collection, our thematic maps team recently developed thematic maps on Africa, the key focus was to visualize the forest area and arable land in the continent.
Forests (An area with high density of trees) in many different regions of the world function as habitats for organisms and soil conservers, constituting one of the most important aspects of the biosphere. Forests are central to all human life because they provide a diverse range of resources, they store carbon, aid in regulating our climate, purify water and minimize risk of natural hazards such as floods.
Updated thematic maps (Africa):
- African Countries by Forest Area
- African Countries with Minimum Forest Area
- African Countries with Maximum Forest Area
Arable land is an agricultural term, meaning land that can be used for growing crops. The amount of arable land in a region, fluctuates due to human and climatic factors such as irrigation, deforestation, desertification, terracing, landfill, and urban sprawl. It is interesting to study the impact of these changes on food production in a region.
Updated thematic maps (Africa):
- African Countries by Arable Land
- African Countries with Minimum Arable Land
- African Countries with Maximum Arable Land
We would love to hear from you, how you've been using the thematic maps and if you have suggestions for our thematic maps team to develop more maps. We're working on developing thematic maps on Europe in our next schedule. Do send in your comments below, send us a tweet or write on our Facebook wall.
September was an eventful month here at Mapsofworld.com. With the updates and events lined up in coming months, 2011 is turning out to be one exciting year. ‘Maps & Apps’ best described our work in September, with updates in Mapping, Thematic Maps and Mobile Apps. We thank you for your contribution in helping us develop better Apps and Mapping resources for Students, Teachers, Parents and anyone who loves learning with maps
What kept us busy in September:
- Participated at the International Map Trade Association conference in California.
- New version of iPad Atlas gaining momentum; Reviews, Walk-through Video, Download
- Updated thematic maps on Africa, series on American Revolution and World War I
- Re-imagined our homepage; let us know what you think?
Coming up in October, 2011:
- Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12-16, 2011, Visit our stand
- Exciting new Apps on Android, iPad and iPhone focused to mix fun with learning.
- New Thematic Maps and a Series on 50 US States.