Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Late Cretaceous led to cotton, cotton led to voting districts

This series of maps is absolutely fascinating to me. Here we have an intriguing interrelationship between large-scale geology, economics, and human geography that influences current social and political realities. Who would have thought that geophysical processes from the Late Cretaceous period (99.6 – 65.5 million years ago) could be shown to have such a direct human connection in contemporary society?

This is another example* of the value of representing complex, interconnected issues in simplified visual formats. Not every complex issue is effectively represented visually, but when it works, it really aids in understanding.

* See this post for another example


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