World as you've never seen it before

PrarieFire
By PrarieFire

The Mercator projection increasingly inflates the sizes of regions according to their distance from the equator. This inflation results, for example, in a representation of Greenland that is larger than Africa, whereas in reality Africa is 14 times as large. Since much of the technologically underdeveloped world lies near the equator, these countries appear smaller on a Mercator, and therefore seem less significant. On Peters's projection, by contrast, areas of equal size on the globe are also equally sized on the map. By using his "new" projection, poorer, less powerful nations could be restored to their rightful proportions.

So this is the map we have all become accustomed to looking at(Mercator Projection):

and this is what the world actually looks like (Peters Projection Map):

Philosophers, astronomers, historians, popes and mathematicians have all drawn global maps long before cartographers as such existed. Cartographers appeared in the "Age of Discovery", which developed into the Age of European Conquest and Exploitation and took over the task of making maps.

By the authority of their profession they have hindered its development. Since Mercator produced his global map over four hundred years ago for the age of Europeans world domination, cartographers have clung to it despite its having been long outdated by events. They have sought to render it topical by cosmetic corrections.

...The European world concept, as the last expression of a subjective global view of primitive peoples, must give way to an objective global concept.
The cartographic profession is, by its retention of old precepts based on the Eurocentric global concept, incapable of developing this egalitarian world map which alone can demonstrate the parity of all peoples of the earth.

By Blosted• 9 years 7 months ago.
Blosted

the world got on a diet ,so what?

no,but truly, interesting .

I never realized how really continents are so different in size.

By DaRuDe• 9 years 7 months ago.
DaRuDe

whats that

By nomerci• 9 years 7 months ago.
nomerci

Am I supposed to get that? :P

By britexpat• 9 years 7 months ago.
britexpat

The Earth can be any shape you want it

Any shape at all

Dark and cold or bright and warm

Long or thin or small

But it's home and all I ever had

And maybe why for me the Earth is flat :o)

By nomerci• 9 years 7 months ago.
nomerci

Brit...ever walked to the edge then?

By anonymous• 9 years 7 months ago.
anonymous

You of the Flat Earth Society have a flawed view of Earth!

By britexpat• 9 years 7 months ago.
britexpat

we of the Flat Earth Society would beg to differ ...

By RefinedSoul• 9 years 7 months ago.
RefinedSoul

ya, its expanding day by day :D

By anonymous• 9 years 7 months ago.
anonymous

And, PF, there is also Google Earth!

By PrarieFire• 9 years 7 months ago.
PrarieFire

damn, you gangsta

By anonymous• 9 years 7 months ago.
anonymous

I grew up with the pictures of NASA. I don't need any of these distorted projections to know how Earth looks!

By PrarieFire• 9 years 7 months ago.
PrarieFire

I would reread the first paragraph spock...I'm not saying we should all adopt it but still is something interesting to think about...it is considerably more accurate than the former

By anonymous• 9 years 7 months ago.
anonymous

You cannot project a sphere onto a two-dimensional area with out calculated distortion! In any case your projection will be racist, so or so.

By nad023• 9 years 7 months ago.
nad023

The Mercator projection seems racist to me lol..

By smoke• 9 years 7 months ago.
smoke

blank stare!

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