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5. GLOBAL INTERNET USAGE, BASED ON TIME

Here's another map that could keep you busy for hours.

While not updated in real-time, Cara Botnet's animated gif of global Internet usage by time of day provides a fascinating character profile of world wide web users.

Watch online usage explode as the 'sun' glides across the planet.

6. HOW MANY TIMES COULD CANADA FIT INSIDE THE U.S.?

We all know that the U.S. has a much larger population than Canada, but size can be difficult to visualize. Here's a neat graphic that has been making the rounds on the Internet. We're still trying to nail down the creator of this map, which was first spotted at isomorphismes.

7. LIGHTNING STRIKES

It looks like lightning does strike the same place twice.


CHECK IT OUT: Lightning alerts


8. GLOBAL POPULATION DENSITY


Humans have conquered the planet, but we tend to stick close to one another judging by this map by Columbia University's Earth Institute.


THE WEATHER NETWORK HAS INCREDIBLE MAPS TOO! Check out our satellite and radar map.


9. EARTHQUAKES SINCE 1898 BY MAGNITUDE

John M. Nelson's  map of earthquakes by magnitude represents the best of data visualization: It covers a broad time span, it's easy to decipher and it paints a sobering picture about the sheer power of Mother Nature.

Data was compiled from the Northern California Earthquake Data Center and NASA satellite imagery.


RELATED: Island nation somberly marks fourth anniversary of earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people



NASA/USGS data paints global picture of forest losses and gains since 2000
NOAA launches website containing 'millions' of pieces of data relating to the during BP oil spill
Visualizing wind patterns
Watch the Earth 'breathe'

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