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Shining Constellations: Maps Show the Population Distribution on Earth

Shining Constellations: Maps Show the Population Distribution on Earth

Hungarian analyst and cartographer Robert Szucs shared with ArchDaily another of his series of maps, this time addressing the population distribution on Earth. A large blackboard, identifying only the geopolitical boundaries of countries and continents, reveals bright constellations, representing human agglomerations and the world's great voids.

Available on the Grasshopper Geography project website, the maps draw attention to the discrepancy between densely populated areas and others practically empty. Asia stands out, accounting for more than 60% of the world's population, featuring large bright patches on Szucs maps, mainly in India and Southeast China.

Africa, on the other hand, ranked second in the list of most populated continents with over 1 billion people according to UN data, shows weaker patches – possibly a result of the recent unbridled growth of its urban areas.

"The information is quite diverse, most of it comes from censuses, NGOs, etc. After finishing my other three types of maps, rivers, forests, and topographies, I felt it was time to focus on some maps related to humanity. I had in mind this idea of creating population maps as if they were star maps – Africa is one of my favorites, it is almost like looking at nebulae in space!" – Robert Szucs

Here are some of the population density maps available in Grasshopper Geography:

World

World. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
World. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Africa

Africa. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Africa. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Asia

Asia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Asia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

South America

South America. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
South America. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Central and North America

Central and North America. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Central and North America. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Europe

Europe. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Europe. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Russia

Russia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Russia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Canada

Canada. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Canada. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

China

China. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
China. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

United States

United States. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
United States. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Brazil

Brazil. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Brazil. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

India

India. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
India. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Japan

Japan. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Japan. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

Australia

Australia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography
Australia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

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Cite: Baratto, Romullo. "Shining Constellations: Maps Show the Population Distribution on Earth" [Constelações luminosas: mapas mostram a distribuição da população na Terra] 06 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. (Trans. Duduch, Tarsila) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/942971/shining-constellations-maps-show-the-population-distribution-on-earth> ISSN 0719-8884
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Population density map of South Asia. Image © Robert Szucs / Grasshopper Geography

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