“For city dwellers, it may seem like the world is packed full with people. But not everywhere is so densely populated; in fact, many places in the world are seemingly void of life.There are over 7 billion people on the planet, a massive number that paints an image of human life sprawling densely over the planet…humans are unevenly distributed across the planet, leaving some areas that are densely populated and others that are largely void of life.”

Seth Dixon‘s insight:

This is a great interactive map that show the tremendous variability in human settlement patterns around the globe.  Why are some places so densely settled when others are so empty?  What geographic factors account for these patterns?  Is the world overcrowded?  What concepts need to be consider besided population density to answer that question? 

Tagsdensity, GIS, ESRI, cartography, mapping.

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