Top 10 most surprising maps that explain the world


The world is a very surprising place. Check out these 10 maps that will show you facts about our planet that you most likely didn’t know about.

1This is how the surface of the earth actually looks like

This is how the Earth would look like without oceans. It’s not round, it has a shape called the geoide.

2The True Size of Africa

Africa is much larger that you might think.

3Over 1/2 of the world population lives in that circle

Oh boy, it’s 4 billion people living in such a small area.

4Direct line between Long Island and Australia

When standing perpendicular to the ocean at Long Island you might be actually looking at the south cost of Australia.

source: Andy Woodruff

5Driving orientation

About 90 per cent of the world’s total road distance carries traffic on the right and 10 per cent on the left.

source: Chartsbin

6Time Zones in Antarctica

Technically, Antarctica, and the North Pole, fall under all time zones, as the longitude lines that are used to define time zones all meet at the two poles.

7Travel time 100 years ago

The map shows isochrones of travel from London to locations around the world.

8Writing systems of the world

Writing systems can be divided into two main types: those that represent consonants and vowels (alphabets), and those which represent syllables (syllabaries), though some do both.

9World Median Ages

The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa, while Germany and Japan are the oldest.


10Map of tectonic plates around the world

This is why earthquakes happens in these places.

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


  1. The first one is outrageously false.
    Mt. Everest: ~10km+
    Mariana Trench: ~13km-
    Earth’s Diameter: 12,750km
    That’s about a difference between 0,18%


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