Charts in the landscape

A couple of weeks ago Nathaniel Kelso tweeted a link to an interesting Bolivian land use pattern seen in Google Maps. First thing that popped into my nerd brain: polar area diagram!

Polar area diagram in Google Maps aerial


There are also some (possibly stacked) bar charts nearby.

Bar chart in Google Maps aerial


Over in the United States are some ordinary pie charts. Poor contrast among those colors, though!

Pie charts in Google Maps aerial


Much of the rural U.S. is a big treemap, of course.

Treemap in Google Maps aerial


There must be a whole world of statistical graphics out there. Anybody have more examples?

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7 Comments

  1. I love this post! Regarding the pie charts, I’ve seen a lot of those while flying out west – what are they exactly?

    caffeind
    14 June 2010 @ 11:22am

  2. Those circular (pie chart) fields are the result of center-pivot irrigation.

    Andy Woodruff
    14 June 2010 @ 2:40pm