This is a wonderful view of our world that makes the invisible visible. It is also a great example of "Non-Market Production". This is creative people just giving to the world, with out direct financial gain. I love it! The map is the work of Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who come up with new ways to visualize data that help people think about the data. About this map they write:
As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.