GDP in 2002.
Worldmapper is a fantastic visual resource. Using data from UN agencies, researchers from the universities of Sheffield and Michigan have created over seven hundred unique world maps. In each map, area is substituted for a thematic value, like life expectancy or television ownership. While the maps are fascinating, there’s one thing that kind of troubles us: in almost every map, the U.S. completely obscures Canada. Sure, the U.S. is a more populous country, but there must be some category that Canada dominates in. We searched around, and eventually we came up with ten maps in which Canada is visually larger than the U.S.
Net Meat Exporters
The meat processing industry is the largest food industry in Canada. In 2007, Canada exported $2.4 billion of pork to over 130 countries, and $1.2 billion of beef to over 100 countries. Not surprisingly, Canada exports most of its meat to the U.S.
Net Fish Exporters
Canada is the world’s seventh-largest exporter of fish and seafood products. Again, most of the fish we catch goes to the United States, which in this case, has entirely vanished from the map.
Net Gas and Coal Exporters
No surprise here. Over 99% of Canadian oil exports are sent to the United States.
Net Refined Petroleum Exporters
America needs Albertan oil.
This map includes all fuel sources (oil, gas, coal, nuclear, etc...).
Net Valuables Exporters
Canada produces about 15% of the world’s diamonds. Most of Canada’s diamonds come from the Northwest Territories, though there is some diamond mining in Nunavut and Northern Ontario.
Net Metals Exporters
The Canadian Shield is a rich source of minerals. Exports of minerals and mineral-based products are worth over $62 billion a year. Again, the majority of metal exports go to the U.S.
Net Wood and Paper Exporters
Canada is the world's largest producer of forest products. The industry is worth over $33 billion a year. Most of our forest products are exported to China and the U.S.
Net Car Exporters
Although the auto industry is struggling, it still remains an integral part of the Canadian economy. Canada is a net exporter, which means that we export more cars than we import. The majority of these vehicles are sold in the U.S.
Canada is the world’s second-largest producer of hydroelectric power. 59% of Canada’s power generation comes from hydroelectricity.
So, what does all this mean? Well, if you were to construct an image of Canada based just off these maps, you would probably picture endless mines, lumber yards, and slaughter houses. Not a pretty picture. There's obviously more to Canada than its resources, but we have to wonder: is this how the rest of the world sees us?
All maps are from Worldmapper.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
By Stephen M.