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Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • 5 Cool Maps of Australia

    Australia

    Australia is a very big country. Known for its attractive but rowdy people, famous Hollywood actors, koalas, kangaroos and hot sun, there is a lot to love in the country that has a lot of land.  Without seeing Australia on a world globe where its size is accurately rendered, it can be hard to truly wrap your mind around its girth. That being said, the country is also relatively empty, Australia is a very, very large continent that is almost all desert. The large majority of the country's population are concentrated on the coasts, understandably. The coastal cities of Australia contribute to its famous surfing and beach culture. Fine some of the beach beaches of the world globe in the country that used to be a penal colony. In the meantime, to get an idea of Australia's super vast landmass, here are some awesome maps to help give some perspective.

    Countries that Fit Into Australia

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  • 5 Maps That Will Change Your Perspective of the World

    The Oceans and Continents Swapped:

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  • 3 Amazing Maps of Mythic Locations

    Atlantis

    atlantisWhile maps and globes continue to all feature some spacial distortion, they are more accurate than ever due to satellite technology and GPS. However, maps and globes have not always been such responsible authorities on geography. Many ancient maps and globes are filled with wild geographic inaccuracies, in many cases going so far as to include entirely made up or mythic locations. To honor how far we have come with Columbus' exacting cartography, we wanted to look at some curious maps of mythical locations. The most famous of all is of these legendary locations, is of course, Atlantis. Created by Plato as metaphoric, the mythic island has grown in reputation throughout history. In Plato's works, Timaeus and Critias, the Atlantian navy besieged Athens. However, Athens won the battle over Atlantis, even though no other state in the west was able to withstand Atlantis' mighty army. The gods, in a fit of anger, eventually sent Atlantis to the bottom of the ocean. Although many conspiracy theorists across history have speculated as to the "real" location of Atlantis, Plato alleged it was situated "beyond the Pillars of Hercules." While Atlantis was clearly meant as a metaphor in his work, this mythic island has indeed been the subject of many ancient maps, such as this one from 1669, designed by Athanasius Kircher.

     

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  • A More Extended History of the Globe

    Globes in the 16th Century

    hunt lenoxIn our last blog post, we outlined a general history of the globe, from before people knew that the world was round to the present day. However, globe making itself was a preoccupation that really hit its stride in the 16th century. The Americas were still a very recent discovery at the beginning of the century, and much of world remained undiscovered and mysterious. The first globe that still exists from this era is the previously mentioned Erdapfel model from 1492. However, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, from 1510 (pictured left), is thought to be the second oldest remaining globe to contain the recently discovered New World. The globe is also one of the few historical maps to feature the phrase "HC SVNT DRACONES," which is Latin for "Here are dragons." Recently, a globe made from an ostrich egg and dating from around 1504 may be an even older globe than Hunt-Lenox, which also contains the New World. Other notable globes from the century include one by the famous cartographer Gerard Mercator from 1541, which features rhumb lines, enabling them to have a navigational appeal. However, it was also common around this time for globes to be given as gifts among world leaders, symbolizing power.

     

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