1. boredatschipol says

    This is some r/mapporn right here, I’m sure they’d appreciate it over there

  2. ThatsNotMyCat says

    Half as Interesting (The Wendover Productions dude) did a video on this about a month ago [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTV-uZZuFMA](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTV-uZZuFMA).

    Would also recommend both of those channels, especially if you like planes.

  3. answatu says

    I like the bipolar scale but you may want a basic legend to at least say whether red or blue is significantly more vs less in the demographic/farm maps. You don’t exactly need it for the geological, historical, or election ones.

    I would also say whether the scoring in the farms/demographic ones is relative to population (demographics) and total land area (farm) in each polygon or just total a total count (recorded people or acreage).

  4. ChickenTenderDiddler says

    I’m usually not a giant fan of political guides/charts here because it usually breaks down into a shit storm, but this is honestly one of the most incredibly interesting things I’ve seen in a long time.

  5. SweatyMusa says

    The colors, what do they mean?!?!??

  6. Clyde2358 says

    It’s this true?

  7. PingLady says

    Here is the text that went with the original post:

    If (like me) you enjoy looking at maps, you might sometimes wonder why a map looks a the way it does. The events leading to a certain demographic being more common here, or a border being drawn there, can often be very complex, and fascinating.
    Here I’ve gathered 6 maps of the US state of Alabama. Together, these maps tell a story that links a coastline from the time of the dinosaurs, to modern political demographics, via one of the darkest periods of American history.

    Map 1 shows us the Cretaceous sediments of Alabama. These sediments are rocks and minerals laid down along the swampy southern coast of the continent of Appalachia, which existed around 100 million years ago. North America had not yet formed at this time.

    Map 2 shows the location of Blackland Prairie soil. This soil is known for its high fertility, as a result of the nutrients deposited during the Cretaceous period.

    Map 3 shows us modern farm sizes in Alabama. The largest farms (shown in red) can be found in areas with the most fertile soil. This shows us how economically important Blackland Prairie soil is.

    Map 4 shows slave populations according to the 1860 census. At that time, slaves accounted for 45% of the state’s population. Only 3% of the state population was made up of free Black citizens. In the darkest regions of the map, enslaved people accounted for over 80% of the population. Slaves mainly worked on cotton plantations, and these plantations were most common in the areas with the most fertile soil.

    Map 5 shows us the modern Black population of Alabama. The darkest red areas show more than 44% of the population of the region is Black. Despite the 150 years between these maps, these is still a close correlation between the historic slave populations, and the modern Black populations.

    And finally map 6 shows us the results of the 2020 election. Areas with large Black populations are much more likely to vote for the Democratic party (shown in blue). This trend continues to the east and west of Alabama, along the so called “Black Belt” of the southern USA, and along the buried coastline of the Cretaceous continent of Appalachia.

    When we look at maps and data about the modern world, it’s easy to forget that everything about our world has been dictated and shaped by the events of history, and prehistory. From ancient continents to terrible atrocities, our world is a product of its past, and understanding that past can be key to helping us better understand the present.

  8. BackAlleyKittens says

    Now research the hookworm epidemic in the south around the 1900s. I feel like there’s a correlation here.

  9. shitidontnede says

    Geographic determinism is fascinating. Jarrod Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel is just amazing in positing an even longer term effect of concepts similar to this.

  10. 3kindsofsalt says

    This is freaking great.

    Shows the roots of circumstances. Good perspective.

  11. GrecoWittgenstein says

    It was obvious what would happen, I don’t know how no one forecasted the election results 100 million years ago. All the data was right there!

  12. FewerBeavers says

    There is also this video from humorous explained-channel ‘Half as interesting


  13. h0bb1tm1ndtr1x says

    Damn. I like digging up old stuff for political discussions of this is why, no one remembers, and here’s how neither side actually cares, but this is other level. This is history porn.

  14. Gumbo_Osmosis says

    What’s the deal with Jefferson county

  15. LoveFromTheLoam says

    There’s a book called ‘Deep Roots’ that goes into a lot of detail on this viewpoint. Excellent read

  16. LaprasForLife says
  17. Just_Julie says

    I’m an Alabama native. That strip is called “The Black Belt” and while many assume it has to do with race, it is actually because the soil is so dark and nutrient rich.

    Voter suppression in this region is rampant, and that IS rooted in racism.

  18. S_Belmont says

    This is one of the best applications of political geography I’ve come across.

  19. heyoukidsgetoffmyLAN says

    Cretaceous Gerrymandering by the Reptoids.

  20. igloohavoc says

    So nature ended up making an area fertile and great for farming plantations, plantations were profitable but needed workers, black people captured as slaves and deposited on plantation, they were emancipated but many ended up settling in the same agricultural area, eventually the became Democrats because it’s the main party willing to support minorities/people of color

  21. livvlush says

    Fertile soil = Democrat. Sorry guys, I don’t make the rules.

  22. RefrescoDeBolsita says

    What is the source for this image?

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  24. ohhkkay says

    There are no legends to these diagrams so I can only guess as to their meaning.

  25. AfternoonBrilliant91 says

    I kinda wish there were tiny map keys for each little map. Since they use different colors for different things in each one, the top right and bottom middle are especially hard to read.

  26. f33f33nkou says

    Sure would be great if there was any sort of key or refrence for this chart

  27. twowheeledfun says

    If you want a relevant explainer video, watch [this](https://youtu.be/hQD9-FBs2qQ) by Adam Ragusea.

  28. prefer-to-be-hiking says

    Those Cretaceous coastal liberal elites!

  29. OurOnlyWayForward says

    How the Big Bang affects our elections almost 15billion years later

  30. CubonesDeadMom says

    Not just election results but demographics, ancestry, soil fertility, farm size, income levels, etc. Crazy

  31. FetalDeviation says

    As an Alabamian.. this is really cool. Ty

  32. blueskyCO says

    Fascinating! Is this considered sociology?

  33. messageforyousir says

    Geography played such a huge role in how our modern world came to be, and we massively under-appreciate that.

    I feel the urge to re-read Guns, Germs & Steel now, and the fun controversies around it.

  34. Lipshitz2 says

    Cause, meet effect…effect, cause.

  35. suzuki_hayabusa says

    How is this a guide ?

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