I love maps. I love maps that illustrate information. These maps are beautiful to look at as you figure out the story each tells.

New Scientist - World Map

From The New Scientist –  Very little of the world’s land can now be thought of as inaccessible, according to a new map of connectedness.

The maps are based on a model which calculated how long it would take to travel to the nearest city of 50,000 or more people by land or water.

The model combines information on terrain and access to road, rail and river networks. It also considers how factors like altitude, steepness of terrain and hold-ups like border crossings slow travel.

Plotted onto a map, the results throw up surprises. First, less than 10% of the world’s land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city.

New Scientist - Tibet

Nowhere, three weeks from anywhere

It’s official, the world’s most remote place is on the Tibetan plateau (34.7°N, 85.7°E).

From here, says Andy Nelson, a former researcher at the European Commission, it is a three-week trip to the cities of Lhasa or Korla – one day by car and the remaining 20 on foot.

See the entire collection of maps at-

http://www.newscientist.com/gallery/small-world

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