The Wall Street Journal has created a series of data visualizations highlighting the potential impact of a 950-mile train route to Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. The visualizations show that the train route would go through or near several protected areas in Mexico, which conservationists worry could negatively impact endangered species. Another visualization shows that proposed train stations would be in regions that account for small portions of Mexico’s gross domestic product. The Mexican government plans to turn the areas into economic development zones.
Visualizing the Impact of a Tourist Train Route to Mayan Ruins
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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