An interesting challenge: If we could reduce the world's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, how could you present the demographics if the most engaging way?
Emissions from cycling are over 10 times lower than those stemming from the passenger car,"even taking into account the additional dietary intake of a cyclist compared with that of a motorized transport user." Bean eaters on bikes don't worry! :-)
Strange Sounds... Odd Instruments Used in Popular Music This is a wonderfully done pictorial series on unusual musical instruments. Clear illustrations and explanations pointing to various spots on each instruments bring the entire project to life!
Whamola, Drumitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Thermin. Mellotron and more
Chelyabinsk, Russia (about 930 miles east of Moscow)
With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, the meteor blazed across western Siberia and exploded with the force of 30 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of more than 1 million.
The ability to see Earth from space has forever changed our view of the planet. Now able to look at the Earth as a whole,. we can observe how its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and life interact as global systems
Water Vapor (Monitoring Moisture Patterns)
Heat and moisture from the oceans drive atmospheric circulation and weather patterns. Moisture in the atmosphere forms clouds which cover an average of 40% of the Earth at any given time. Clouds are carried through the atmosphere by the wind. The patterns in cloud motion in this time-lapse sequence show how Earth's winds move in bands or zones which define regional wind directions.
Ocean waters are constantly on the move. Currents flow in complex patterns affected by wind, the water's salinity and heat content, bottom topography, and the earth's rotation.
Warm surface currents invariably flow from the tropics to the higher latitudes, driven mainly by atmospheric winds, as well as the earth's rotation. Deep water forms when sea water entering polar regions cools or freezes, becoming saltier and denser. Colder or saltier water tends to sink.
A global "conveyor belt" is set in motion when deep water forms in the North Atlantic, sinks, moves south, and circulates around Antarctica, and then moves northward to the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic basins. It can take a thousand years for water from the North Atlantic to find its way into the North Pacific.
These maps wonderfully help illustrate the patterns and inter-relationships of ocean currents across the globe.
This is often considered the best statistical graph ever drawn. The graphic depicts the fate of Napoleon’s army on its ill-fated Russian campaign during the winter of 1812-1813. The tan-colored band represents the march toward Moscow and the black-colored band represents the retreat back toward France... Brilliant in its simplicity and clarity...
Whether you are a fan or not of Lord of the Rings (I confess, I am a fan), this is anamazing interactive piece. Smartly combining map locations a vertical timeline, this interactive timeline is extremely well designed and loads quickly whether by rollover or click.
Musical Notation can actually be considered an infographic. Like a map or graph, each element (staff, clef, note, articulation marking, etc.) is a symbol and combined together they make up a visualization of the musical sound.
For those of you who know music notation, these will be pretty funny...