Earth’s surface visualized

The Total Surface Area of our planet is about 509.6 million km² or 197 million mi². The land occupies only 29% of the Earth’s Surface (148.3 million km2 or 57.3 million mi²). The largest countries by surface area are Russia (3.35%), Canada (1.96%), China (1.88%), United States (1.87%), Brazil (1.67%), and Australia (1.51%). Together they occupy approximately 12.24% of the planet’s surface. 70% of the Earth’s total surface is covered with water (361. 7 million km² or 139. 7 million mi²).

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Maps of the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are the most extensive freshwater system globally (94,600 sq mi / 244,000 sq km). The Lakes contain 5,400 cu mi (22,500 cu km) of surface freshwater on earth or 6 quadrillion gallons of freshwater (22.7 quadrillion liters), accounting for about 21% of the world’s surface freshwater or 84% of North America’s surface freshwater.

Using Digital Elevation Model data, I made the map of the Great Lakes in watercolor style.

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3D Mapping of The Global Climate

Data analyst Alasdair Rae created unique 3D maps of the global population density. This idea inspired me to make three-dimensional maps depicting different climatic parameters. To create these maps, I used Worldclim data: average temperature (°C), precipitation (mm), solar radiation (kJ m-2 day-1), and wind speed (m s-1).

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