World Oil Consumption – 3D Charts in Google Earth

Oil Consumption 3D Chart in Google EarthA member of the Google Earth Community, called ‘giasen’, has posted some really cool 3D charts showing World Oil Consumption in Google Earth. His charts show very nice looking exploding 3D graphs in the shape of each country with different colors. The data comes from the CIA World Factbook. Here are the two version he produced:

Here are some interesting notes on what he did to produce the “Per Capita” chart:

I had to mess with this data a little bit to get it to show up on google earth. At first I just divided each countries consumption by its population to get per capita but the numbers were so low that they would not show up at all here. Even multiplying per capita use by 365 to get a years worth of data only had the USA using 24 barrels a year per capita. So after I got a figure for a year I also multiplied them all by a factor of 100,000 and so what you are seeing is the data from the CIA factbook in consumption of barrels per day per country divided by the countries current population for per capita and multiplied 36,500,000 times to get its representation in meters of height. I was surprised to see Singapore take the lead in per capita use! The USA comes in only 9th place right ahead of Canada.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. why are the single US states not listed separately? it would have been interesting to see per capita and overall consumption for CA and TX for example… also AZ where the A/C are running 24h a day most of the year…. that must somehow flow into those charts;-(

  2. If you can point me to state by state data on oil consumption, i’ll do it.

  3. DigitalBeachBum says:

    I’d like to see a map of the consumption of coal. I’m betting China or India would be the worst.

  4. DigitalBeachBum says:

    Here you go (per state, per capita,)
    I found so much stuff on google that there is too much to list!

  5. DBB, I actually found that page myself yesterday! I had it almost done and had to redo it a little bit to get it right but now i’m having problems with the shapefile where Alaska just doesn’t show up anymore. Here is an image of what I have so far though:

  6. Frank writes: ” I was surprised to see Singapore take the lead in per capita use! ”
    International comparisons of such things are heavily skewed when maritime bunkering ports like Singapore, Kuwait, etc etc are included in the figures. The reality is that the Singaporeans and the Kuwaitis don’t really use the oil. It goes into the tanks of ships that ply the world’s oceans. Ultimately its “use” should really accrue to the countries that rely on maritime trade, rather than the place where the ships fill up. For the most part this means the world’s major “consumer” nations – ie the wealthy countries of the West + Japan.

  7. Here is a Google Graph of oil consumption (in barrels) per capita for each US state except Hawaii and Alaska. I got the data from the StateMaster site posted by DigitalBeachBum (above).

  8. Is there any chance of publishing the per-state visualization as a KML? Moreover, the $64 question – is there a way to link that graphing up to live updating datasets for consumption?

  9. It would be nice to see a 3d map of all of the worlds oil production locations.
    I have a theory about the production, and the possibility of the earth being thrown off of it’s normal orbit,and or axis due to an internal imbalance of the globe ,caused by uneven removal of the oil mass from within the sphere itself.This could alter our seasons and upset the natural rotation of the earth ,which in turn could be helping to cause some of the “global warming”.

  10. Stephan Amlacher says:

    Hiho 🙂

    How did you make these charts/polygons?

    I should make something similar for my company.
    We have a sales list where we have the names and adresses and the sales of each customer listed.

    I want to import this into GE with such 3D Charts. Its no problem to import adresses and have them shown in GE but i dont know how to view the sales per customer.

    Thx in advance

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