The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.
Amazonia covers most of tropical South America east of the Andes Mountains. Primarily rainforest, the region includes some of the densest vegetation on Earth. This map shows average August plant density and greenness in South America. Beige areas indicate sparse vegetation, while dark green areas represent dense vegetation. NASA satellite vegetation maps revealed that the Amazon is greener in the dry season than the rainy season, defying conventional wisdom. (Map by Robert Simmon, based on data from the University of Arizona Terrestrial Biophysics and Remote Sensing Lab.)
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - More than half of the world's seven billion people live in urban areas, with the top mega cities - with more than 10 million inhabitants - being Tokyo, Delhi, Shanghai, Mexico
This is a guest post by Jim Sanders, a career, now retired, West Africa watcher for various federal agencies. The ... (Boko Haram isn't just a marginal threat to Nigeria's interests, explains Jim Sanders.
It's the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist — an event that escalated into unprecedented global conflict known today as World War I. Most historians say Germany led the charge into war, but seven other powers deserve a share in the blame.
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