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Information about Mercator

Published on January 20, 2009

Author: eagarciadeparedes



Maps, projections and Geography

The World is Round

But we want a map on a flat sheet of paper


To flatten the World

we could stretch it…

and stretch it…..

and stretch it…..

But watch





What has happened?

The shapes of the countries are messed up

For instance


and India


Seem to be the same size

but India is actually 13 x the size of Britain

So let’s try another way of flattening the World

Take an Orange

Mark it like this

Cut along the lines

Cut one side open

Eat the fruit

Flatten out the peel

Here is an orange peel map of the World

Let’s try another way

Collapse the world

onto an icosahedron


Shout out the numbers of the Continents

Which number is South America? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America

Which number is Australia? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia

Which number is Europe? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia Europe

Which number is North America? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia North America Europe

Which number is Asia? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia North America Europe Asia

Which number is Africa? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia North America Africa Europe Asia

Which number is Antarctica? 1 2 3 4 6 5 7 South America Australia Antarctica North America Africa Europe Asia

When you get home cut out your buckymap

and make a Buckyglobe


Label South America on your map

Label Australia on your map

Label Europe on your map

Label North America on your map

Label Asia on your map

Label Africa on your map

Label Antarctica on your map

Let’s take an icosahedron

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