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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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The Average Terrain Colors of Countries Around the World

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When you think about countries with an abundance of desert like Egypt, you generally think of yellow and orange sand colors. Likewise, countries with rainforests like Brazil most likely generate thoughts of deep greens. What color are the rest of the countries in the world?

Data visualization artist Erin Davis used satellite imagery from Sentinel-2 to illustrate the average color of the terrain in countries around the world.

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The graphics use a choropleth map visualization to show the average color of the terrain in each country. Some countries, like snow-covered Greenland and Antarctica, are clearly colored how one would expect. Others take on a darker or more jewel-toned hue that reflects their unique landscapes.

The artist also illustrated the average color of each county in the United States for a more granular view of the country. The visualization highlights the forest-rich regions of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and South East as well as well as the rugged physical geography of southwestern states like Arizona and New Mexico.

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There are five major classes of land biomes in the world: forests, deserts, savannah, tundra, and grasslands. The nature of these biomes heavily impact the color of the areas picked up by satellite. These are the divisions of each biome around the world:

    • Forests (40.1%): Forest biomes are populated by various species of deciduous and evergreen trees. This type of biome also includes rainforests, one of the most important forests in the world.
    • Deserts (25.9%): Deserts are categorized as areas with very little rainfall. Daytime temperatures are typically high and nighttime temperatures are low.
    • Savannah (16.7%): Savannah is tropical grasslands that are somewhere between lush tropical rainforests and desert regions. Their rainfalls typically occur during summer months, which means it evaporates quickly. These areas are prone to drought.
    • Tundra (10.5%): The climate of the tundra is extreme cold. Temperatures in the winter often go below freezing and plant life is either nonexistent or dormant for much of the year.
    • Grasslands (6.8%): Grasslands (also known as the Prairies in North America and the Pampas in South America) are temperate regions with warm summers and cool winters.

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The Countries With the Fastest Internet Speeds in the World

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Singapore is home to the fastest average internet speed in the world, where the average download speed is an incredible 238.59 megabits per second. There are many theories as to why this is, with what being that Singapore was founded with a compact and easily upgradable infrastructure. Not only that, but in Singapore, the economic freedom has led to a society that’s more high-speed and connected.

From Hewlett Packard, this visualization takes a look at where in the world you can find the fastest internet speeds, both in terms of average broadband and mobile speeds.

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The fastest fixed broadband internet in the world can be found in Singapore, where the average speed is 238.59 megabits per second. According to the data, these are the 20 countries with the fastest fixed broadband internet.

  1. Singapore: 238.59 megabits per second
  2. Hong Kong: 231.70 megabits per second
  3. Thailand: 217.70 megabits per second
  4. Romania: 205.89 megabits per second
  5. Denmark: 197.27 megabits per second
  6. Spain: 189.50 megabits per second
  7. Hungary: 187.52 megabits per second
  8. Liechtenstein: 186.46 megabits per second
  9. Monaco: 185.48 megabits per second
  10. France: 184.77 megabits per second
  11. Switzerland: 183.88 megabits per second
  12. United States: 180.84 megabits per second
  13. South Korea: 176.95 megabits per second
  14. Andorra: 172.41 megabits per second
  15. Chile: 171.88 megabits per second
  16. Macau: 167.56 megabits per second
  17. Sweden: 165.52 megabits per second
  18. China: 163.83 megabits per second
  19. Canada: 158.69 megabits per second
  20. Norway: 153.36 megabits per second

In terms of the fastest cellular internet speeds, it’s the United Arab Emirates that takes the top spot, with an average speed of 178.52 megabits per second. These are the 15 countries from around the world that have the fastest cellular internet speeds on average.

  1. United Arab Emirates: 178.52 megabits per second
  2. South Korea: 170.52 megabits per second
  3. Qatar: 167.40 megabits per second
  4. China: 150.40 megabits per second
  5. Saudi Arabia: 133.73 megabits per second
  6. Norway: 118.20 megabits per second
  7. Australia: 109.33 megabits per second
  8. Netherlands: 103.37 megabits per second
  9. Bulgaria: 96.27 megabits per second
  10. Switzerland: 95.27 megabits per second
  11. Canada: 93.87 megabits per second
  12. Kuwait: 92.94 megabits per second
  13. Luxembourg: 91.74 megabits per second
  14. Cyprus: 87.55 megabits per second
  15. Sweden: 83.44 megabits per second

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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

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If you’ve ever wondered which of the sixty-three National Parks that are scattered throughout the United States is closest to you, then wonder no more! We came across this map that breaks the country down into 63 regions, to show which National Park is the closest for every area in the United States. While we originally found this map visual shared in the r/dataisbeautiful subreddit, it was originally created by esri using the Thiessen (Voronoi) polygon tool.

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Which National Park is the Closest to Where You Live?

If you’re also picking up vintage vibes from this map, that’s because it was designed to be reminiscent of vintage National Park posters. An excellent design choice in our opinion! How did they determine which National Park was the closest to every area in the U.S.? The distance in each boundary is displayed “as the crow flies” so any spot within each National Park’s boundary is closer to that park than to any other. Although these boundaries do not take into account the shortest drive time or the most convenient National Park to each location. Looking at the map you can see that there are a lot more National Park options on the western part of the country than on the eastern. This is due to the west having a lot more open land available when the National Park Service began in 1916, while the eastern side of the country had a lot more of its land already developed at that time. Which of the sixty-three National Parks is the closest to you!?

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