Bill Rankin of Radical Cartography has found the "Human Hemisphere," the side of the Earth where 93 percent of humanity lives.
The resulting map, from Rankin, is pretty fascinating:
The map's conclusion isn't exactly surprising: Humans live on land, and much of the world's land is still on one side of the world (and was even more clumped up in the past).
But there are a few tidbits I found particularly interesting:
- India, Bangladesh, and China are very dense — way, way more pink than the rest of the map.
- You can barely see Australia. Seriously, try to find it on the map. (It's on the "other 7 percent" side.)
- Much of the vast expanses without people are, perhaps unsurprisingly, deserts — see the north of Africa and middle of Asia.
It's pretty interesting to look at. If you like it, make sure to check out Rankin's other great work.