Diversity of species

Visual.ly offers this great infographic:

Diversity of Species
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  1. I’d like to see an animated version over time. I’d be willing to bet that many of those bars were longer in the past, and will get shorter still in the future. 

    Or possibly not, given the possibility of alien species being moved around the globe. Either way, it would be interesting to see.

  2. This really isn’t that good of an infographic considering it’s incredibly hard to compare a bar graph when all the bars don’t share the same base on the x-axis.

    How does the Northeast Pacific bird population compare the the South Pacific? Uhh.. well, it’s half… maybe, kind of? 

  3. The infographic makes several choices that make it difficult to interpret specific data points, to compare across a section, or to compare between a section.

    I find almost universally that if anyone uses the word “infographic”, with Boing Boing being a common offender, they’re probably talking about data visualization that’s been optimized for flashyness with little concern to really conveying information effectively.

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