This is an archive of animation as InfoVis using world maps that I found on web and have featured in my blog.

The History of Urbanisation

3700 BC – 2000 AD, in an animated map.

The History of Religion

An animated map shows how religion spread around the world, 3000BC to present.

I have done a very rough summary of where this animation says we are at in the present day.


Untangling the Air Traffic Network

This “map” is the result of the application of a force-directed layout algorithm on a graph of 3,275 airport. See the website for more details, and an animated gif where the map morphs between the force-directed and geographic layouts.

airports network

A History of the World in 100 Seconds

A video that visualises all the Wikipedia articles that have co-ordinates and historical dates associated with them.

World Earthquakes 2000-2015

A video of a rotating earth with each earthquake highlighted.

A Time Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion since 1945

An animated map by Isao Hashimoto. Below is a screenshot. Click on the link to see the whole thing.

Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 11.42.41

Just like Earth, only more so…