World Map Seen Using Only Airports


Wed, Jul 3rd, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On FastCo.Design a fascinating look into a global map drawn using "nothing but the points of airports, runways, and helicopter pads." Titled The World, Traced by Airport Runways and created by James Davenport, the map clearly shows how "the world literally fades away, as global mindshare is dominated by countries with the most privilege."

"The most dramatic and surprising transition is between the U.S. and Mexico," Davenport tells Co.Design. "America is a beehive of runways and helipads that fades gradually into Canada. [Around Mexico] the border is traced in stark detail, creating a poignant visual reminder of the dichotomy in wealth between these neighbors."

Generally speaking, that's quite rare, and airports do tend to correlate at least a bit with population densities. Coastlines are well-represented because much of the world lives on coasts (and surely there are some cargo reasons, too). The Sahara and the Himalayas are amongst the only true dead zones, as they're amongst the only places where almost no one lives. But there are complete oddities, too, like the anomalous straight line up around Canada that spans all the way from Alaska to the Atlantic. Why could it be there?



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