Africa from space

Just liked this picture, got no big story to tell this time.

When seen this way, unlike the more common Mercator projection which distorts surface areas, it’s striking that Africa is a really big place.  The other striking thing is the relative absence of lights.   I’d say lights are a proxy for population density and economic activity, both of which are projected to increase according to the McKinsey study Lions on the Move I blogged about earlier.  I’d love to see this same picture 10, 50 or 100 years into the future.


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