Top Countries With Endangered Species Infographic

Sep 23, 2010 by     2 Comments    Posted under: Environmental, Featured, Geography
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Top Countries With Endangered Species
Via: MNN

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This infographic, created by MNN, displays the harsh realities of animal and plant extinction rates throughout the world. It begins with a world map, which is meant to display countries with the greatest potential for disaster or improvement. It is assumed that red means disaster and green improvement, though the infographic does not provide a key here, which makes this initial portion hard to fully digest.

Next, it goes on to show the top 20 countries where extinction rates are at their highest. Again, this is assumed, as the infographic does not fully explain that this is what is being shown. The United States is second on the list, and it looks like this is caused by fish and mollusks facing the large amount of threat.

One of the most interesting facts in this infographic is shown near the end, when it states that there are only 3,200 tigers left in the world. To bring this point closer to home, it would be great if the infographic would include a comparison. For instance, there are probably more than 3,200 house cats in most US cities. Adding a fact like that would really display just how close tigers are to full extinction.



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  • I agree with the need for a key to explain the map and the graph. Those were quite difficult to understand.
    And yes, a comparison would help to understand just how dire ’3,200 tigers left’ really is. However, I don’t think domestic cats would equate well here; that would be comparing apples and oranges. How about giving facts on a similar wild animal that has already gone extinct from when 3,200 was last measured? Or rather, facts about a similar animal that was brought back from approximately 3,200 left remaining and the efforts/time it took to regain their numbers.
    As far as the aesthetics of the infographic go, this one is very appealing.The colors and visuals are eye candy enough to draw the eye and make it easy to follow, but not too eye candy-ish for such a serious topic Also, great use of space, particularly in the top 3/4 of the poster.

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