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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year ago

Much better :)

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#8

Cheese Map Of Europe

Cheese Map Of Europe

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Holly D
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1 year ago

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

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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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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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

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Linus Nilsson
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year ago

That would have been so cool.

Darwinist
Community Member
1 year ago

Except it would be chilly,🥶🥶

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George-Florin Constantin
Community Member
1 year ago

And now add another segment going over the Gibraltar and all across Africa to South Africa; And another one linking New York to Chile! Wouldn't that make for an awesome World Tour!

Zulma Ruiz
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

there is one, from the west coast. The Pan-American route is a network of roads that start in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and from there travel south through both North America and South America until it's ending point in Ushuaia, Argentina.

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Jennifer Gould
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1 year ago

What an amazing thig it would be if I could catch a train in NY and end up in London without having to fly!!!

Bob Belcher
Community Member
1 year ago

Sounds like a line in a country song. Ride my truck from NY to London 6 days a week only to find my wife be a cheat and my dogs done dead!

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Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
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1 year ago

Highways are stupid. make it a railway

Robert Blanchard
Community Member
1 year ago

issue is rail lines in US are old as s**t, and not intended for fast travel. We have no intention in upgrading it either if anything our rail lines have decreased over time not increased.

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Rainbow Panda
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine riding that! 🤩

Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh sure just ignore that the majority of the north american route would have been in Canada but we will still call it a Europe-US highway and not north america

NMN
Community Member
1 year ago

I thought it was because of where it begins and where it ends, thus not mentioning Asia. So just call it England-US or London-NY, well...

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
1 year ago

Kinda glad, given the state of our relations, that this didn't happen. It is a supremely cool idea, however.

Mary Haynes
Community Member
1 year ago

Love to go on that!

memirkie xxx
Community Member
1 year ago

A Railway A2A is underway to connect Alaska to the main Canadian/US rail network. The transiberian is going from western europe to vladivostok. Let's built the Vladivostok - Nome part, and we're good ! Far better than a highway.

Leo Domitrix
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll get downvoted more, but... No. Has anyone looked at the history of Russia's treatment of its neighbors? Ones it can invade by land? EEK!

May Day
Community Member
1 year ago

That's the Russian government. The Russians, at least the ones I've met, are quite nice and friendly.

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Phoenix Hocking
Community Member
1 year ago

Now, that would be cool. I'd take it, if I had the money and the time.

Tabitha L
Community Member
1 year ago

This would be fantastic! (And might bring us one step closer to Snowpiercer.)

Sanne H.
Community Member
1 year ago

Would be nice to have a high speed railway like that, or at least the trajectory from London to Moscow. I’d love to visit Moscow one day!

Magnolia ThunderThighs
Community Member
1 year ago

I would take that trip.

BeazleBug
Community Member
1 year ago

Half the US leg is on the I90/I80 union...that is driving hell.

"Simo Häyhä"
Community Member
1 year ago

"I drove from London to new York!"

Sherry Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

What a wonderful road trip that would be!!

Getting Worse
Community Member
1 year ago

so many murders would happen on that train

Muzii
Community Member
2 months ago

Can we still do this?

Muzii
Community Member
2 months ago

Can we still do this

Julien Peter
Community Member
6 months ago

How would they build such a rail line over continuous permafrost in Sakha and Chukotka, or even over discontinuous permafrost in Interior and Western Alaska or Zabaykalsky Krai?

Julien Peter
Community Member
6 months ago

It would be very difficult to do since all Chukotka and Sakha is continuous permafrost, whilst Interior and Western Alaska are mostly discontinuous permafrost.

Kathryn Evans
Community Member
7 months ago

Think it will ever happen?

Dan Abramsky
Community Member
7 months ago

Why is a railway official proposing highways?

laura lee
Community Member
8 months ago

Snowpiercer?

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
8 months ago

That could happen

Christina Keenan
Community Member
8 months ago

Who was the former president of the Russian Railways?

JPinto
Community Member
8 months ago

This was discussed long before.. there actually is already a train which goes from Russia to Europe, it's called the Trans Siberian railway.

Megan Yaster
Community Member
8 months ago

Can you imagine being able to drive across the world?! Why TF didn't they approve this? This is so much more beneficial than going to space.

Thomas E S Thomas
Community Member
8 months ago

Someday it will come to pass.

Emily Bachy
Community Member
9 months ago

Europe-North America. It goes through Canada, too.

Sandra Gould
Community Member
9 months ago

I would have paid to taken that! What happened? Communism?

ISuckAtLife
Community Member
9 months ago

next goal: from new york to Portugal :D

Haru Brujis
Community Member
9 months ago

Let's fund it!

steve acra
Community Member
9 months ago

Death Race 12,000

Benjamin Tang
Community Member
9 months ago

It would have been useless, considering much of it in Russia is just wilderness.

Denny Fernantya
Community Member
9 months ago

That will be great

ISuckAtLife
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

People are thinking of crazy ideas these days.

D K
Community Member
9 months ago

Not a train you’d want to fall asleep on and miss your stop, I would imagine!

James Arvidson
Community Member
10 months ago

Road trip anyone?

student Shreyaan Yadav
Community Member
1 year ago

Stalin

Deirdre Tallott
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!

Marilyn Ransberry
Community Member
1 year ago

Railway maybe but who wants to drive that?

Tina Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe one day huh? Who knows....it could happen. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

Heidi Svenson
Community Member
1 year ago

Would the portion that stretches across to Nome be undewater? I am being totally serious.

Herta Schneider
Community Member
1 year ago

bridge

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Henry C Myers
Community Member
1 year ago

Let's build it!

Lauren Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

Neat! Fat chance though

Logan Clermont
Community Member
1 year ago

too bad theres no scotland. i want to go there

Just...moth
Community Member
1 year ago

This would be everybody that lives in a van’s dream to travel

Szymon Madejski
Community Member
1 year ago

By Nome, only 10% of passengers would survive :)

RAEANN WOOD
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine all the defectors!!! Would they make it across? or would they mysteriously go overboard over the Bering Sea??

Hugo Raible
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow, only 89 km between Alaska and Russia! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bering_Strait_crossing

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
1 year ago

I've wanted to see this ever since I was a child!

Mittens Wiggum
Community Member
1 year ago

snow piercer!

Benjamin Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

What an amazing idea! But the maintenance would be a serious challenge, since much of the highway would go through very, very cold regions where frost-heaving and potholes would be a challenge. And all that asphalt! Maybe a railroad along the same route would be a vetter idea, though crossing the Aleutian Islands might be better done by ferry—depending on the season. Still, this is thinking big!

Mangle the Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

Long Way Around route?

R1abw D3m0n
Community Member
1 year ago

That would probably take about 13 hours on the train and in car about 3 days.

ZACHARY HARROD
Community Member
1 year ago

that would have been cool but so pricey and long

Mishte Tine
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1 year ago

Julia Fordham

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1 year ago

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Perpetual Peripheral Persons
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1 year ago

Cool, but unlikely as long as aeroplanes exist

Bobby Stahr
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1 year ago

goes through Winnipeg!

Ty Roberts
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1 year ago

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This is an incredibly stupid idea. It’s so much cheaper and faster to fly. Plus it’s better ecologically.

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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

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

That's sad...

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#22

Worlds CO Emissions

Worlds CO Emissions

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Francisco Scaramanga
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1 year 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"

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Rainbow Panda
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1 year 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"

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Wouter Berg
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1 year ago

Portugal. Please explain.

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#25

Passenger Railway Network 2020

Passenger Railway Network 2020

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
1 year 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
1 year 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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1 year 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
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1 year 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
1 year 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
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1 year ago

A powerful and moving depiction. :(

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