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Constructed Cartography diagram

World Markets

Constructed Cartography seeks to measure how closely related, or similar, things are with no regard to physical distance.  For example, while the New York and Beijing stock markets, the Maryland and California politicians, and the west and east coasts are by no means adjacent when measured in physical distance, these pictures depict that the two stock markets have similar trends in their share prices, the politicians share similar viewpoints, and travel between the west and east coasts was made much easier when the transcontinental railroad was completed.  When measured in these ways, the New York and Beijing stock markets, the politicians, and the west and east coasts are similar and, by constructed cartography, are considered “close” to one another.