Where is the U.S. on a World Resources Map?

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Thu, Jun 18 - 2:03 pm EDT | 5 years ago by
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I really liked this world resources map post on the Mint.com blog. I’ve noticed that Mint.com offers a variety of interesting visuals on its blog. I know that there are plenty of people who manage their money through Mint, and it does appear to be a very valuable resource.

At any rate, here is the map. What do you notice about where the resources are?

mint-world-resources-map-r2

Clearly, there is a reason that we are in the financial position we are in. We are primarily focused on consuming. While exporting industry and raw materials may not be something feasible going forward, we do have the innovative potential to export ideas, technology and highly educated workers to other countries. It would be interesting to see what a map of knowledge resources looks like.

And it would be even more interesting to see where the U.S. placed on that map.

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  • http://www.getmoneyenergy.com MoneyEnergy

    One thing to note about the graph is that it doesn’t include all resources. For example, I know Canada is the largest potash producer in the world, and most of the export goes to China’s growing agricultural base. I’m sure there could be other resources not represented on here, as well. And the fact that Canada isn’t on the gold list doesn’t sound right – Barrick is the second or third top producer in the world, behind Australia. So it would be interesting to know what data sets they are using. I like your point about knowledge resources, too, and intellectual labor. Very important!

  • Miranda Marquit

    You make a good point. I suspect that ALL resources couldn’t fit on one map ;) At any rate, potash should probably be considered. I didn’t know that about gold. It should comfort people to know where Canada stands on oil, and to realize that, in actuality, Canada is the #1 provider of oil for the U.S.