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World Map Shows the Distribution of Big Cats Around the World

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Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Have you ever wondered where in the world big cats can be found? Aside from Joe Exotic’s animal park from the Netflix Tiger King series, of course. One Reddit user, u/apyrrypa, made it their mission to bring us this information by creating a color-coded map of the distribution of big cats throughout the world. This map highlights where ten different cat species can be found in the world today. It was originally shared in the /r/MapPorn subreddit and was later updated on apyrrypa’s profile to include even more big cat species. Eight of the ten are considered to be ‘Big Cats’, with the addition of the Mountain Lion and the Bobcat. Check it out here:

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Even though the Mountain Lion has a Big Cat-sounding name it is actually the biggest of the small cat species, considered so because it purrs instead of roars. The Mountain Lion goes by different names depending on the region it can be found in, and with it spanning the entire Western Hemisphere through North and South America it goes by a lot of names. Puma, Cougar, and Panther are some of its more well-known aliases. The Lynx rules the northern hemisphere and is the only cat species to be found on multiple continents that span the ocean, from North America to the northern end of Asia and into the northern part of Europe. The lion may be known as the King of the Jungle, but it looks like that only applies to the land in Africa. Interestingly, the one area of the world that doesn’t seem to have any indigenous big cats, yet is generally stereotyped as having the scariest animals on Earth, is Australia. In fact, none of the countries in the Oceania region can claim to have any species of big cat.

Which member of the cat family were you surprised to find lives in your area of the world?

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What Is The Preferred Online News Sites For Each State To Get Their News From?

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Fake news has become a hot-button issue in recent years, with many questioning where they and others are getting their news from. So, where is everyone getting their news from? One company, Semrush, sought the answer to this question by finding which news websites each U.S. state was searching for the most.

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What Is The Preferred Online News Sites For Each State To Get Their News From?

Utilizing the Google Trends tool, they found the popularity scores of each of the 15 most popular news websites (based on unique monthly viewers) for all fifty states. These popularity scores rank the states on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 going to the state where the website’s name made up the highest proportion of total searches. Some states were found to score a 100 for multiple news sites, while other states didn’t score a 100 for any of them. To determine the most searched news site in each state, Semrush selected the one that earned the highest popularity score for that state. The states in the map were filled-in with the logo for their most searched news site, making it easy to see popularity trends for the news websites across the United States. The deep south and parts of the “The Great American West” prove loyal to Fox News; while much of the southwest prefers to get their information from Yahoo! News. CNN is the top choice for those in the northern East Coast states, with ABC News a close second. This is just brushing the surface of what this visual has to offer, check it out for yourself to see which states were found to have the most interest in searching for news sites, as well as the top 5 metro areas where each of the 15 news sites is searched for the most.

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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

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France is known for its food, culture, and architecture. It is home to some of the oldest structures in the world. The Cairn of Barnenez is a Neolithic monument in northern Finistère, France. It dates back to 4800 BC. You can see the history of France through its many different architectural styles. When we think of old traditional French architecture, buildings like the Palace of Versailles and the Notre-Dame come to mind but, did you know the Louxor obelisk (even though it was a gift from Egypt) was built in 13 BC? The Les arènes de Lutèce, a Roman amphitheater that use to show gladiator fights, is dated in the 1st century. The Abbaye saint Germain des prés is 6th century. Many of the most famous buildings in France are located in the capital of Paris. You know of the Eiffel tower and the Louve, but there is also beautiful architecture all over the city neighborhoods. If you walk down any Paris street you see buildings that were built hundreds of years ago. This beautiful map of Paris shows the ages of livable dwellings throughout the city.

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This Map Shows the Age of Every Building in Paris, France

The color-coded geo map shows how old the buildings in Paris are, ranging from 2 years all the way up to 821 years old. You can see the oldest buildings are located in the center of the map and buildings outside of that tend to be newer. Imagine living in a building that is over 800 years old? The sights, the sounds, the ghost stories that must be a part habitation in such a historic location. The oldest buildings in the United States are only over 300 years old, a far cry from many of the buildings on this map.

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A Visual Guide to the World’s Largest Bodies of Water

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Did you know that about 71% of Earth’s surface is covered with water? Between the large salt water oceans and long fresh water rivers, water makes up a significant part of our planet. Some particular bodies of water like the Pacific Ocean make up the majority of water on Earth. This visualization from TowerPaddleBoards.com illustrated 50 of the largest bodies of water on Earth.

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The graphic depicts the Earth’s oceans, 15 largest seas, 15 largest lakes, and 15 largest river systems in an interesting way. It illustrated the outlines of each body of water and includes a photograph of the water system within the boundaries. The visualizations of the river systems also include the streams connected to the systems.

These are the 10 largest bodies of water in the world:

  1. Pacific Ocean: 60 million square miles
  2. Atlantic Ocean: 41 million square miles
  3. Indian Ocean: 27.2 million square miles
  4. Southern Ocean: 7.8 million square miles
  5. Arctic Ocean: 5.4 million square miles
  6. Philippine Sea: 2.1 million square miles
  7. Coral Sea: 1.8 million square miles
  8. Arabian Sea: 1.4 million square miles
  9. South China Sea: 1.3 million square miles
  10. Weddell Sea: 1 million square miles

The Pacific Ocean makes up about 46% of the water surface on Earth and 32% of the planet’s total surface. It’s larger than all of the land area on Earth combined! It is also home to the Mariana Trench, the deepest oceanic trench on Earth with a maximum known depth of 36,037 feet.

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