This remarkable double-map sheet features two distinct maps, each illustrating the geographical distribution of specific plants and animals. The first map is titled "Области Распространения Сахарного Тростника, Кофейного Дерева, Какао, Ванили" (Distribution of Sugarcane, Coffee Trees, Cacao, and Vanilla), while the second map is titled "Области Распространения Толстокожих Животных" (Distribution of Pachyderm Animals).
Created by Friedrich Arnold Brockhaus and published in Leipzig around 1890, the maps are written in Russian, which is unusual for maps of these subjects and time periods. The first map showcases the cultivation regions and distribution of economically significant plants, including sugarcane, coffee, cacao, and vanilla, highlighting their importance in global trade and agriculture during the late 19th century.
The second map focuses on the distribution of pachyderm animals, such as elephants, rhinoceroses, and hippopotamuses, providing insight into their habitats and the ecosystems they inhabited during the same period.
Both maps use different colors and patterns to differentiate between various plant and animal species, making them visually engaging and easy to comprehend. The maps remain valuable resources for historians, ecologists, and anyone interested in understanding the historical distribution of these plants and animals, as well as the development of human-environment interactions. As historical artifacts, they offer captivating insights into the evolving understanding of global resources and biodiversity.