Thursday, October 31, 2013

Lies, Damned Lies, and Cartography

If you are a cartographer or geographer this is just too funny.

We do occasionally get wrapped up in discussions like this.  Seems lots of politicians and leaders want their town, precinct, district, state, country or continent to have pride of place.  Along the way things will get distorted.  That's the challenge of trying to depict curved surfaces (the earth) on flat paper, or on a computer screen.

Yes, there really is such a thing as a Peters Projection map, and here's a great discussion about why those with political agendas shouldn't be allowed to design things like map projections.

Want to know what your piece of ground really looks like in relation to the rest of the world?  Get a good old fashioned globe.

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