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Airports of the world plotted as a map

June 27, 2013

GcIrbYlYou have seen the paper maps and you have seen the online digital maps using cartography methods, but James Davenport created a world map using just airports, runways and helicopter pads.

The map is generated using 45,132 runways, which means there are at least 45,000 places to land an airplane! These range from small dirt fields to LAX, and the data seems to be more complete in the USA. Still, runways on every continent, seemingly every country.

With more points in US and Europe, some countries don’t show up in the map. And it’s impressive that most of the continents are outlined enough to get their general shape.

You can see the full image here (4000 x 2032px)

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