For many of us, cartography day in geography or history class meant a quick nap. With our eyes open, we’d dream of all the delicious stuff we were gonna eat after school, of music we’d play on the Walkman, of a message we received the other day from that cutie…

To bring back our long-lost excitement for hard pieces of data, aka maps, plans, and geographic drawings, we're gonna need to start from the very best of them. Luckily, there’s a whole online community on Reddit dedicated to the most unusual charts of geographic areas that took maps to a whole new level.

From mapping "October" in European languages to mapping an eagle’s track over a period of twenty years, these incredible examples will surely put the world into a completely new perspective.

Who knows, you may well unleash your inner cartographer and become among 1.1 million like-minded members of the maps subreddit. In that case, you may need some more cartographical goodness with 41 maps that portray lesser-known facts about America.

#1

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

An Image Of GPS Tracking Of Multiple Wolves In Six Different Packs Around Voyageurs National Park Shows How Much The Wolf Packs Avoid Each Other's Range

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Rainbow Panda
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3 months ago

Wow! You learn new things every time you come to Bored Panda. 🐺

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#2

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

To Increase Local Tourism, Lithuania Has Made A Map With Magnets That You Can Only Find In Corresponding Cities

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Gillbella
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3 months ago

That is a great idea!

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#3

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

Occupied Bald Eagle Nests In Wisconsin. 1974 vs. 2019. Growth Credited To The Clean Water Act

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Rainbow Panda
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3 months ago

Go eagles! 🦅

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To find out more about this amusing Reddit community by the name r/MapP**n, Bored Panda reached out to its creator Patrick McGranaghan, who started the subreddit in 2011 while living in Taiwan.

Patrick said he has always been a map geek: “I wanted people to share those maps so that they are easy to find and discuss.”

It turns out, he works as a land surveyor in Colorado and is a devoted member of several map societies across the nation, including the North American Cartographic Information Society, Charles Close Society for the Study of Ordnance Survey Maps, and Rocky Mountain Map Society, to name just a few.

#4

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

Tracking Of An Eagle Over A 20 Year Period

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Tiffany Marie
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3 months ago

That Eagle's gone places.

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#5

When A Band Announces A World Tour

When A Band Announces A World Tour

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tilly kate
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3 months ago

this is my favourite!!

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#6

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

Japan, How Big It Is In Reality?

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay, mind blown; it's literally twice as big as I'd imagined given typical maps. Thank you, person who made it!

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The creator said that the title r/MapP**n followed the trend on Reddit at the time when “there were a lot of subreddits with a *-porn suffix.” He explained further: “This refers to pictures of innocuous things like nature, architecture, or engineering marvels in a beautiful way. It was not meant to be sexual. The internet at the time was a lot more relaxed and using that term was funny.”

“In the years since the culture on the internet has taken a much more puritan bias and some people don't like that name,” Patrick said.

However, he assured us that “the goal of the brand has not changed, though: it's a place to share and discuss beautiful maps.”

#7

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

The Earth Being Centered On Great Britain Is Arbitrary, So Here's A Map Centered On New Zealand

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Gillbella
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3 months ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
Community Member
3 months ago

This is a new travel guide for when the world is open again!!

Tzuls
Community Member
3 months ago

We'll keep a piece of manchego for you

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Dave P
Community Member
3 months ago

My kind of map. The important stuff. Put this with a wine map and I will be fine

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

Aren't there 400+ types of cheese in France? This map might be missing a few.

Giorgio Prodoti
Community Member
3 months ago

also in Italy they're missing a lot

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Kaiserfranzgirl
Community Member
3 months ago

No wensleydale, Gromit!

Donald Drake
Community Member
3 months ago

Sweet Dreams are made of cheese. Who am I do dis' a Brie?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

SO GOOD!!! (Yes, I shouted on purpose)

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

This is so cheesy. 🧀

Geoff C.
Community Member
3 months ago

Cheddar is yellow rather than orange - the cheese in the picture looks more like red Leicester or double Gloucester. Also it comes from a village in Sommerset called Cheddar (funily enough), not Orkney

Nadia Bakker
Community Member
3 months ago

This is my favorite.

Henry Cheves
Community Member
3 months ago

I finally know where the maggot cheese is from! (Hint: In that big sea in the bottom middle. Casu Marzu.)

karin s.
Community Member
3 months ago

Then maybe you are also interested in the Milbenkaese from the east of Germany (a place in Saxony-Anhalt) which contains living mites.

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Fish Boden
Community Member
3 months ago

the best map

Prudence Blue
Community Member
1 week ago

What about Shropshire Blue, Double Gloucester, Lancashire, Bluesticks Blue, Sage Derby, Cornish Yarg, Cheshire, Wensleydale, etc? Britain has 700 cheeses, not 9. France has only 600 cheeses - the UK is now the top international cheese producing country.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
4 weeks ago

100's of cheeses missing from Britain

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
2 months ago

ok but what hellhole made the maggot cheese, I need to burn them.

JD Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Imagine a world in which everyone had this map. World peace; only a Munster would destroy cheese.

Viv Hart
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a Cheddar, Caerphilly, Gouda & Edam fan, no smelly, mouldy cheeses for me thank you!

Strahd Ivarius
Community Member
3 months ago

There are about 327 kind of cheeses missing for France... (and don't start me on things like 'Caprice des Dieux')

Cristina Alves Moreira
Community Member
3 months ago

The most well know cheese in Portugal is not in the map. Queijo da Serra

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

Cristina Alves Moreira (what a regal-sounding name!), tell me about this cheese. Yes, I could look it up in Wikipedia, but they likely wouldn’t tell me the most important stuff.

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Lillukka79
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3 months ago (edited)

The Finnish raejuusto is actually minced moomin meat.

Yvonne Blau
Community Member
3 months ago

Only 2 cheeses in Switzerland!!

Demon Deadly Dragon
Community Member
3 days ago

This is pretty dank

Smiley Rie
Community Member
6 days ago

Just need a wine one too, upgrade it for the world and life (& future travel) is complete

Grace
Community Member
3 weeks ago

goes to get brie

Logan Clermont
Community Member
1 month ago

yes i need these cheeses.

Ashlynn Stephens
Community Member
1 month ago

More cheese than i even knew there was

Pobin Rice
Community Member
2 months ago

Does anyone know if this is available as an a zero poster

Filip Bartoszek
Community Member
2 months ago

Dunlop?? It already looks like a tire... xD

BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Thattsa lotta cheese!

Just...moth
Community Member
2 months ago

Now my 2 main life goals are to travel and eat fancy cheese in the places I travel to

Zoltán Almási
Community Member
2 months ago

Im Hungarian. Never heard of Rögös Túró. Our best cheese is called Pannonia, then Pálpusztai

Tanja Sib
Community Member
2 months ago

yum

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Mmmm my favourite... map

Lynn Pacione-Holman
Community Member
2 months ago

How could they forget PROVOLONE?!?!?!

Hans Van Der Veen
Community Member
2 months ago

I miss a VERY important brand.Beemster kaas, the best there is https://beemsterkaas.nl/#kaasmakerij belegen_be...fbcf72.jpg belegen_beemster-5f9d50bfbcf72.jpg

ohdeer
Community Member
2 months ago

so. much. cheese. ;0

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
2 months ago

Ooo!! Love it! Where can I get a full size poster?

Tyler Isaac Cross
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm from Limburger!!

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
2 months ago

I half expected all of them to be in France.

Mittens Wiggum
Community Member
2 months ago

you've forgotten Lacto-free in the UK hahaha

Jana Zeumerová
Community Member
3 months ago

IT IS amazing that even my country (Slovakia) IS here...👍👍👍

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
3 months ago

Gosh you have missed so many of Britain.

rumade
Community Member
3 months ago

But British cheddar from Cheddar isn't red!

Yeeloong Ong
Community Member
3 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXGtWK-kTEM

Anne Hanna
Community Member
3 months ago

i see my favorites, Edam from Edam, Gouda from Gouda and Limburg from Limburg, but there is Alkmaar as well many cheeses and a great place to visit as they are still wearing the clothes from the olden years. When you get Dutch cheese, make sure you take the outer layer off as most cheeses are on a wooden carrier left outside during the day and the four legged friend pie on it once in a while, unless you don't mind!!!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I assume pie = pee (also known in the U.S. as pee-pee)

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Anne Hanna
Community Member
3 months ago

I had no idea there were so many cheeses in the world, holy Moses, it's gone take some time to try them all and money!! But not now Covid19 is still lurking!!

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m pretty dang sure you’re not going to get Covid from cheese.

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Mollie Jackson
Community Member
3 months ago

i ove food thx

Corina Tusinean
Community Member
3 months ago

Not bad but it's missing some important ones. What's a world without Halloumi (from Cyprus)?

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
2 months ago

I love Halloumi! I live in a small town that doesn’t carry anything that exotic. ☹️

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Isobel Davies
Community Member
3 months ago

missed out wensledale !! :O

Steinar Eliassen
Community Member
3 months ago

From Norway: Geitost (brown cheese) is not actually cheese. It is amazing though, and there are several variants of it. It means "goat cheese", but white goat cheese do exist, so "brunost" (brown cheese) is more a correct term, as it can be made from goat milk, cow milk or a mix. It is basically a caramelised whey product :P

Steinar Eliassen
Community Member
3 months ago

But brunost (brown cheese) is still a bad term since it is not actually cheese :P

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MagNat
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes <3

Carolyn M Perry
Community Member
3 months ago

And I can only think of 2 American and Munster ?

Mama Bear
Community Member
3 months ago

Because everyone should have a cheese map of Europe.

ArhomR
Community Member
3 months ago

Now if they’d just add wine pairings this would be the perfect map. Ever.

Viktória Vlácsovics
Community Member
3 months ago

"rögös túró" isn't cheese (a Hungarian)

Steinar Eliassen
Community Member
3 months ago

Geitost isn't a cheese either (Norwegian)

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Bored Seb
Community Member
3 months ago

just a few hundreds missing in France...

Niamh Lawless
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait, we in Ireland have our own cheese? Welp, consider me schooled :3

Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

In America, it's American, Swiss or Kraft slices. Lol.

Mascha Claessens
Community Member
3 months ago

So funny how Gouda is pretty expensive in the US, while it's actually one of the 'simplest' and cheapest (though usually tasty) cheeses in the Netherlands. :)

boredkitten
Community Member
3 months ago

Bryndza and oravsky korbacik for Slovakia <3 these are awesome

Maria R
Community Member
3 months ago

Missing a lot of cheese in Sweden.

Angeline Eriksson
Community Member
3 months ago

Where is the prästost? Best one in my opinion!

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Toni
Community Member
3 months ago

thats an important map for me!

Goth Nurse
Community Member
3 months ago

In Finland, the "Aura" is a name brand of one blue cheese, not a type of a cheese.

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Community Member
3 months ago

Hey! I see casu marzu on there!

Ania Barrett
Community Member
3 months ago

Taste Atlas is great!

pansexualandproud
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a pun about cheese, but I think it is a little too cheesy

Gunilla Olsson
Community Member
3 months ago

The cheese furthest north is the best. I can’t live without it.

Lydia Coy
Community Member
3 months ago

Europe love our cheese but avoid the birthplace of blue cheese

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
3 months ago

Bryndzové halušky in Slovakia are a must-try for any (future) visitor. I would recommend trying them in small villages instead of towns/cities.

Maurettis
Community Member
3 months ago

And still not getting them all!

Clever Dog
Community Member
3 months ago

best map ever!But England ( as I am sure so do other counties) have way more cheeses than this.

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

Also in Italy, we have about 490 types of cheese... Anyway, it's just a map.

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sorlag110
Community Member
3 months ago

Sweden has so many more renowned cheeses, Prästost, Fatost, Mesost, Brännvinsost, Kryddost, Stureost to name a few. I'm sure some of the other countries with just a few cheeses does too!

Russ Woodford
Community Member
3 months ago

how long has Cheddar been in the Orkneys ?

Dee Hunter
Community Member
3 months ago

Consider me impressed: Würchwitzer Mite Cheese is on there. (Yeah, I said mite.)

H Edwards
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice to see Malta included for once - Gbejna!

JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

I love Harzer and Brocciu

Sill Marien
Community Member
3 months ago

"Twaróg" is popular everywhere in Poland

Wouter Berg
Community Member
3 months ago

Except for the fact that Gouda does not have a red crust.

Thomas McDonough
Community Member
3 months ago

Who knew there were so many different kinds of cow?

Jette Wang Wahnon
Community Member
3 months ago

Not really....it all depends on how well you shake them...

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#9

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

The United States Of America: Alaskan Perspective

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
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3 months ago

Well, well, well, How the turntables...

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When it comes to submissions, they come in every form and style. “From historical maps showing ancient borders, to funny memes and transit maps. People also post imaginary maps of places that they create in their minds.”

In fact, every kind of map imaginable has been posted to this subreddit. Patrick said that linguistic maps are popular, as well as maps that re-imagine state and national borders. There are also maps of asteroids and maps of routes of famous explorers.

“One of my favorite interactions is when a map is posted of an obscure place and someone in the comments says they live there or has a story about that place.”

#10

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

50 Percent Of Canadians Live South Of The Red Line

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earringnut
Community Member
3 months ago

Completely off topic: Where are the great lakes?

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#11

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

Each Section Has 10% Of The World's Population

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

This map is very cool. 😮

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#12

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

List Of Countries Mentioned Or Referred In The Bible

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow, I never knew this. Unlikely Jesus was fair skinned, blond and blue eyed....

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Patrick concluded that “Maps are a way to visualize the world in a way that is easy to grasp. They are an aid in learning about new lands and faraway places. They help us find our way when we are lost.”

Especially in a time like now, “when the pandemic prevents us from traveling, maps are a way that we can travel without leaving our home,” the map enthusiast said.

#13

The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

The Longest Possible Train Travel In The World

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait! Tell us more!

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#14

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

Where Penguins Are Found Naturally In The World

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Waddle waddle. 🐧

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#15

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

Size Comparison Between Australia And The United States

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah, we’re not just an island. 🙃

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#16

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

3D Render Topographic Map Of Europe

reddit.com Report

Linus Nilsson
Community Member
3 months ago

I didn't know there was an ice-wall between Finland and Russia!?! (Do I need to write 'Sarkasm'?)

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#17

North America Animal Migration Routes

North America Animal Migration Routes

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

Surreal. I would put this on my wall just for the colours.

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#18

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

A Europe–U.S. Superhighway Proposed By The Former President Of Russian Railways

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Nicola Roberts
Community Member
3 months ago

That would have been so cool.

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#19

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

The Surface Of Mars: If, Like Earth, 71% Of Its Surface Area Was Covered With Water

crukey Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Woahhhhhhh. 🤯

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#20

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

World's Smallest Country vs. Largest Building

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

Imagine having the whole country to yourself. 🤣

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#21

The Decline Of Our Native Tongue Over The Last 2 Centuries, I Find The Maps Rather Than The Reciting Of Statistics, Gives A Far Better Impression On The Overall Erosion Of One Of The Biggest Aspects Of Our Culture, Irish Itself

The Decline Of Our Native Tongue Over The Last 2 Centuries, I Find The Maps Rather Than The Reciting Of Statistics, Gives A Far Better Impression On The Overall Erosion Of One Of The Biggest Aspects Of Our Culture, Irish Itself

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Francisco Scaramanga
Community Member
3 months ago

Congo, Angola - I did not expect this...

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#23

Locations Johnny Cash Claims To Have Been In "Ive Been Everywhere"

Locations Johnny Cash Claims To Have Been In "Ive Been Everywhere"

DaTingGoesSkraaa Report

Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s not everywhere. 😂

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#24

The Countries That Got Tea Via China Through The Silk Road (Land) Referred To It In Various Forms Of The Word "Cha". On The Other Hand, The Countries That Traded With China Via Sea - Through The Min Tan Port Called It In Different Forms Of "Te"

The Countries That Got Tea Via China Through The Silk Road (Land) Referred To It In Various Forms Of The Word "Cha". On The Other Hand, The Countries That Traded With China Via Sea - Through The Min Tan Port Called It In Different Forms Of "Te"

reddit.com Report

Wouter Berg
Community Member
3 months ago

Portugal. Please explain.

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#25

Passenger Railway Network 2020

Passenger Railway Network 2020

TraveGeo Report

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

In the "australia" map.... that little pink line above the "L", is actually New Zealand - a totally separate country to "Australia" (although the Aussies & Kiwis do consider themselves like "siblings" ie we are staunch rivals within sports, but stick together in defense of eachother).

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#26

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

What Pedestrians Look Like Across Europe

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Holly D
Community Member
3 months ago

Everybody trying to get away from Poland.. did Poland just fart?

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#27

The Topologist's Map Of The World - A Map Showing International Borders, And Nothing Else

The Topologist's Map Of The World - A Map Showing International Borders, And Nothing Else

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TIffany Jones
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3 months ago

I’m sorry what?

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#28

These Two Areas Of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations

These Two Areas Of Africa Have Roughly Equal Populations

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
3 months ago

That’s veryyyyyy spread out. 😧

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#29

Roads Either Side Of The Border: Finland vs. Russia

Roads Either Side Of The Border: Finland vs. Russia

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ML
Community Member
3 months ago

A lot of dead end roads

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#30

Syria Before And After Civil War

Syria Before And After Civil War

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Theodore Theodora
Community Member
3 months ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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