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.
Posted by: Martin | August 18, 2010