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49 Maps That Explain The USA For Dummies

The United States is mind-boggling. Right?!

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1. You've read National Geographic, you know the USA has a bunch of different climatic zones, but WOW, check this glorious topographic map!

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'Murica, you pretty. Also: inland Cali is basically a massive dried-up lake bed right?

3. Of course, in 1492 the lands that would eventually become the United States were already a rainbow nation of Native American peoples.

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Pre-Columbian population estimates vary from 900,000 to some 18,000,000 people. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica.

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15. Today, the U.S. is made up of 50 states and the federal district of Washington D.C. Complicated right? But imagine if every failed state partition proposal had actually come to pass. The USA would look like this...

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38. And given we're back on geography, what about the Parting of the Waters in Wyoming? "The river connecting two oceans."

From here Pacific Creek flows westerly 2,177km to the Pacific Ocean, while Atlantic Creek flows 5,613km to the Atlantic Ocean (via the Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi Rivers). Source: Amusing Planet.

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42. So, how much do you know about U.S. politics? President Obama won in 2012 right? But what would have happened if only white men could vote?

45. PS: in case you were wondering, here's the U.S. compared to Antarctica.

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If you know where Houston, Texas is, you'll be able to locate McMurdo Station, one of three U.S. Antarctic bases, and the biggest community in Antarctica with approximately 1,200 residents. Source: NSF.

47. Oops, here we are getting all excited about Antarctica and the Moon and we almost forgot about Alaska. So here's how the USA looks if you're Alaskan.

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Pub quiz: how do you piss off Texas? Answer: slice Alaska in half, Texas is now the third biggest state.

Huge hat tip to Reddit's Map Porn community, where most of these maps were found – and where this (slightly) risque map is the number one search return for "USA".

Masamunecyrus / Via reddit.com

(Map of the U.S. made up of the first image returned when searching " girl".)

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