Thursday, April 10, 2014

A change in HOW we see the world...

The map above is a Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Projection Map.

This map portrays the relative size of countries and continents more accurately than the more familiar Mercator projection map does.

The Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Projection is centered on the Pacific Ocean with the south at the top.
This map challenges basic assumptions of what should be "up" and "down" in one's view of the world and its geo-political entities. This map shows Southern Africa, Australia and South America on top while Europe, Asia and North America are on the bottom. Notice how diminished in importance the Northern Hemisphere, the Atlantic Ocean and Western Europe appear on this "South Up" map as a result of this change in perspective.

NB - The Mercator projection maps show North America (Canada, USA and Mexico) as larger than Africa, but Africa is much larger. Europe (including Scandinavia) appears larger than South America.

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