Hu­man Ter­rain


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This par­tic­u­lar web ex­per­i­ment is found on a site we’ve pre­vi­ously fea­tured (and con­tinue to love) here at Tech­Life – pud­ – but the ex­pe­ri­ence this par­tic­u­lar project of­fers is too in­ter­est­ing and timely to pass up. As we all know, the world’s pop­u­la­tion is grow­ing, and in re­cent years in par­tic­u­lar, it’s been do­ing so at a rather alarm­ing rate. So much so, in fact, that the sheer scope of the mil­lions and bil­lions of peo­ple in dif­fer­ent cities and coun­tries around the world is of­ten hard to fathom. That’s where Hu­man Ter­rain comes in. This page helps vi­su­alise the im­men­sity of the hu­man pop­u­la­tion by show­ing a map with tow­ers that rep­re­sent the rel­a­tive size of the pop­u­la­tion in each area. Each tower is sat on a block roughly 250 - 5,000 square me­tres in size and, as you’d ex­pect, the taller the tower the greater the pop­u­lace. You can also com­pare the present-day data with data from ei­ther 1990 or 1975 to see just how much cer­tain cities have grown in re­cent years or, in rare cases, how much they’ve shrunk.

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