Alternate Maps


The Mercator projection relates the aspects of a spherical Earth onto the surface of a cylinder. It’s the projection that shows Alaska as half the size of the continental US and Greenland the size of a continent.

I found this cool software that allows a mapmaker to move the distorted north pole around a bit. Alternate World Map Creator let us have a little fun. The above map puts the poles in the middle of the oceans, and we get just a minimum of distortion in southern Africa and the Aleutian Islands. Below is what we get if we put Rome on top.


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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Alternate Maps

  1. KiwiNomad06 says:

    Now, when you put Rome at the top, you get MY place, New Zealand, stretched out right at the bottom. Kind of cool from my perspective ;-)

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