Antarctica without the Ice

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet has received a lot of publicity lately, as new research published earlier this month suggests that its collapse may already be underway.

But have you ever wondered what the Antarctic continent would look like if all the ice disappeared?

Left: Major geographical features of Antarctica today (Source: Wikimedia Commons (NASA/BAS)). Right: A topographic map of Antarctica after removing the ice sheet, accounting for isostatic rebound and sea level rise (Source: Global Warming Art Project).

However, don’t re-draw the atlases just yet: Antarctica has been covered by a large ice sheet for about the past 35 million years, and it’s certainly not all going to disappear anytime soon.


Eurovision winners

Eurovision winners. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The 59th Eurovision Song Contest is taking place this week in Copenhagen. Ireland holds the record for the highest number of wins,  but unfortunately we have not managed to make it into tomorrow’s final… who will win this year?!

Chocolate rankings

Who eats the most chocolate? Source:

In 2012, Ireland ranked second on a list of the top 20 chocolate-consuming nations. As shown by this interactive map available at, we ate an average of 9.9 kg per person in 2012 – just ahead of the UK’s average 9.5 kg. Switzerland topped the list of chocolate consumers, with an average of 11.9 kg per person.

To put this into the perspective of the past week: 9.9kg is equivalent to around 50 medium-sized Easter eggs…

Internet Empires

Source: The Age of Internet Empires (Oxford Internet Institute)

Who dominates the internet?

The above map by the Oxford Internet Institute illustrates the most visited website in each country – showing that Google and Facebook are the two largest ’empires’, with extensive ‘territories’ in the Americas, Europe, Africa and parts of Asia.

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A different form of beautiful giants…

Following from our previous post on beautiful ice giants

Last year, just after the event over Russia, Javier de la Torre created this map to show all recorded meteorite impacts since 2300 BC. The CartoDB blog post reveals details of the map creation and an interactive version allows you to zoom in on your ‘favourite’ area…

The world map in terms of meteorite crash zones (Courtesy of CartoDB). It includes every known meteroite impact since 2300 BC.

Courtesy of CartoDB