originally posted by: paraphi
The problem is how do you overlay a map on a flat surface when the world is a globe? The OPs approach is wrong as the world is not flat. The
original is more correct because it attempts to demonstrate the un-flattness of the world.
Regardless, if all maps are wrong how do people successfully navigate from A to B?
We stop when we hit the end of the earth, and turn left.
? or maby we flip to the other side, where china lives. Oo
a reply to: savemebarry
Are you in America? If so, then your "opposite side of the world" is not China but the middle of the Indian Ocean.
The "China Syndrome" was named by the kind of people who had never looked at a globe.
I once flew Philadelphia > London > Joburg ( > Lusaka, irrelevantly). It was easy to feel the truth behind this second map then, even if I wasn't
consciously aware of what I was experiencing. Unless the plane somehow slowed to half speed upon crossing the Mediterranean, crossing the entirety of
Europe, and even the Atlantic itself, felt like a jaunty stroll compared to the hours longs hike of the rest of the North > South trip over Afrika.
Regardless of how one chooses to orient and project one's map, she is more vast by far than anything else on the globe outside of the Pacific
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The TV show "The West Wing" already (back in 2001) discussed the subject of the Gall-Peters Projection v. the Mercator Projection (YouTube of scene
below). Their explanation was a bit simplistic, such as why Greenland's size was distoirted, but it's still a fun clip.
Personally, I always thought that this sort of world map (the Winkel Tripel Projection -- image below) with the edges curved seems pretty good.
When the pole areas are stretched out to make a rectangular map, the width of the land masses near the poles also gets artificially stretched and
enlarged. There is still some distortion due to stretching with Winkel Tripel Projection, but that distortion is not as drastic as the Mercator
The Gall-Peters seems to be similar to the Winkel tripel, but in a rectangular format, so north and south directions are always straight up and
straight down on Gall-Peters, but north and south directions on Winkel tripel follow a curve (except in the middle of the map), and are more curved as
you get farther toward the left and right edges of the map.
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