Saturday, 5 November 2016

Why Are We Still Using Bad Maps?

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At first glance, it seems simple. Just take the globe, peel off the outer layer and lay it flat. Congratulations, you have a map. But not so fast: spheres do not unfold easily into rectangles. Or any two-dimensional shape, for that matter.

One projection, the AuthaGraph World Map, faithfully represents all oceans and continents including the neglected Antarctica. It's not a perfect map and Hajime Narukawa, the creator of the AuthaGraph map, had to cheat a little bit.

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