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SHOWUSA Launches: New Website Showcases Animated Maps of U.S. Facts and Figures
Date:2/4/2009

A new website that displays a wealth of information about the fifty states--from Spanish speakers to strawberries produced to Bigfoot sightings--with animated maps reveals a few surprises.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 4, 2009 -- SHOW®USA, a website with a mapping application that displays a wide variety of information about the fifty states in a whole new way, launched today.

From Spanish speakers to bales of cotton produced to number of UFO sightings, SHOW®USA (show.mappingworlds.com) displays each state's numbers in animated, easy-to-understand maps that resize the state to the data rather than geographical area. The results are cartograms that bring the numbers to life--and reveal a few surprises.

"Look at our Tornado Deaths map, for instance," says the site's creator, Desmond Spruijt. "The most people killed last year by tornadoes were in Florida. It makes you wonder why it wasn't in the Midwest, where our Tornadoes map shows the most storms. It turns out states like Oklahoma have better warning systems and more storm shelters, not to mention fewer people. The visual presentation makes you think about the data, to understand it better."

Spruijt is founder of MappingWorlds, a company that helps government, non-profit, and business clients worldwide create innovative maps and cartograms. SHOW®USA is the sister site of SHOW&r
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