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World Map from Different Perspectives

World Map from Different Perspectives

World Map from Different Perspectives

(OP)
I came across this upside down map the other day...

[img https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0071/5032/produc...]

This made me interested in finding an online interactive map, or even creating it if it doesn't exist yet.

This interactive map would be a 2D projection of the world, where you can have the center of the map be any location of the world (Antarctica anyone?) and you can point North in any direction. It would be fun to see different scenarios of this map.

Has anybody ever ran across such a map, or know how to make one?

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

That's an interesting idea. I'll be watching. Being able to set your home as the centre may be helpful for planning trips.

Bill
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RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

(OP)
True, but thats just translating and rotating the map. I'm hoping to find one that re-distorts the 2D projection based on where the center of the map is.

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(OP)
Mercator

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

I understand that this is the map that is used exclusively in Australian / Kiwi schools. bigcheeks

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

They have the upside down map on the wall in the Outback Steakhouse near me. It hurts my wife's brain.

A lot of people get confused by rivers that flow north. "How can a river flow up?" they ask. They forget that "up" on a map is perpendicular to the page.

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

The "problem" with that map is that is places Australia and New Zealand too far away from Antarctica.

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(OP)

Quote (davidbeach)

The "problem" with that map is that is places Australia and New Zealand too far away from Antarctica.

That's like saying Russia is too far away from Alaska in the typical world map

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

On my first trip to Taiwan I bought a World map that placed Asia, NOT Europe, in the 'middle' with the America's on the Right and Europe on the Left. For a couple of years I had that map on the wall of my office at work. Many people would simply stop and stare at it and I know they were thinking that there was something odd about it but only a few ever seemed to figure it out on their own.

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RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

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ACtrafficengr A lot of people get confused by rivers that flow north.
There was a time in my life when I wouldn't have believed you, or thought that you were making an arrogant assumption.
Then I took basic flight training classes and I was taught about the "many ways pilots misuse and misunderstand maps".

STF

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

One of the things I really enjoyed during my Navy OCS (Officer Candidate School) days were the navigation classes learning among other things, the various types of map projections and pros and cons of each.. May be that's why I'm still a map junkie.

A rather strange looking projection is the azmuthal equidistant map, designed to give accurate range and bearing to anywhere in the world from the center location of the map.

Being a ham radio operator, these maps are used to know where to aim beam antennas to places throughout the world. You can custom order them specifying the origination point (center of the map) you want the map drawn from. Fascinating to look at these drawn from different origination points throughout the world.

Airline and ship transit routes say from New York to England, early human migration routes, or the DEW Line of radar stations in the far northern Arctic region of Canada, make more sense when viewed on this type of map projection.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azimuthal_equidistan...

https://www.google.com/search?q=azimuthal+equidist...


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Quote (DanEE)

One of the things I really enjoyed during my Navy OCS (Officer Candidate School) days were the navigation classes learning among other things, the various types of map projections and pros and cons of each.. May be that's why I'm still a map junkie.

A rather strange looking projection is the azmuthal equidistant map, designed to give accurate range and bearing to anywhere in the world from the center location of the map.

Being a ham radio operator, these maps are used to know where to aim beam antennas to places throughout the world. You can custom order them specifying the origination point (center of the map) you want the map drawn from. Fascinating to look at these drawn from different origination points throughout the world.

Airline and ship transit routes say from New York to England, early human migration routes, or the DEW Line of radar stations in the far northern Arctic region of Canada, make more sense when viewed on this type of map projection.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azimuthal_equidistan...

https://www.google.com/search?q=azimuthal+equidist...

Yes that is along the lines of what I'm thinking about... Do you know if there is an interactive map anywhere can change the centerpoint of an azmuthal equidstant map?

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

That's pretty cool but I really like the Waterman butterfly.

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RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

I had a big Dymaxion map on a wall in my marital home. The only thing I really miss from those days.

Steve

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

a good place to put NZ ... away from everybody else ! wink

another day in paradise, or is paradise one day closer ?

RE: World Map from Different Perspectives

This is the most accurate one I have come across a few weeks ago...
The outcome shows some interesting views...

More accurate map of the world

Ronald van den Broek
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Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
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Building new PLM environment from Scratch using NX11 / TC11

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