Cartograms offer an interesting way of displaying data. In a since the map adopts a customized projection based on the values of the data being represented. The following link below provides instructions and a script to get you started.

If your looking for ideas, check out this 1960 map on freight tonnage on the Mississippi River (I doubt ArcGIS was used). . The data to recreate this can be found on the USACE’s Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center website


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