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Thierry Cohen has been a professional photographer since 1985 and from the end of the 80s, a pioneer in the use of digital techniques. Since 2006, he has devoted most of his time to his personal work. Since 2010, from megacities to deserts, he has mainly worked to achieve “Darkened Cities”, giving back stars to cities for the viewer and raising public awareness to the problem of light pollution. His works are held in private and public collections. Thierry Cohen lives and works in Paris.
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In August, I mapped the busiest air travel routes in the world; the surprising result was that none of them was in North America or Europe. In this post, I’ve generated a map of the 50 busiest shipping seaports in the world. The result is similar, although perhaps not as surprising. Seven of the top 10 are in China, and the other three are all in Asia. Eleventh place goes to Rotterdam, Netherlands.
As noted on the map, how busy a seaport is depends on how you measure it. Data are collected on the weight, volume, and value of shipments to and from the ports. Unfortunately, measurement methods aren’t always standardized, and as a result, not all comparisons are valid. Here I’ve used data based on twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which represents a volume. It is important to note, however, that the volume measured is that of the containers being shipped, including both full and empty containers. Consequently, seaports that ship the most TEUs aren’t necessarily the most lucrative and may not ship the most cargo. TEUs should be thought of as an acceptable proxy for how busy a port is, simply because moving many containers, regardless of what they contain, takes a lot of effort.
The notable difference between the weight and volume of goods/containers shipped can be seen in the USA. In 2012, the Port of South Louisiana shipped only 464k TEUs; this was not even close to being in the top 100 globally. However, it shipped more cargo (by weight) than any other port in the USA. The Port of Los Angeles, which shipped over 8M TEUs in 2012 – good enough for 16th place globally – moved less than 70% as much cargo by weight as the Port of South Louisiana (175.2M metric tons vs 253.0M metric tons).
(via mapsontheweb)Source: vizual-statistix
the thing that a lot of the people who say “yeah they’re wrong, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion” do not really understand is that there are different levels of wrongness of opinion.
like, tier one of “wrong opinion” would be someone saying “calvin and hobbes is…