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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

World Views

World Views

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 15, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure

                          Satellite map of Earth as seen above Antarctica (credit; NASA/ESA)

We are most familiar with viewing the Earth from an equatorial perspective. The continents, oceans, and other landmasses appear in a north-south orientation. Other views are possible and interesting maps have been created for centuries by cartographers and map makers.

A new NASA-ESA satellite composite of Earth as seen stationed in space above Antarctica. Similarly, the architect and futurist Bushminster Fuller created a multi-sided map he called a Dymaxion projection that unfolded like a prism. Both maps show the landmasses and oceans correctly but from very different geograpahic positions

                                   Oymaxion Map, 1943 (credit: Buckminster Fuller)

It is not likely these creative maps will gain traction with travelers or boat captains but they are beautiful to look at nonetheless.



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