and to purchase on amazon. bw and color copies
Ever wonder why they claimed to have walked on the moon, on the very first attempt (even though, right here on earth, Mt. Everest and the South Pole took numerous tries before success), allegedly accomplishing this amazing feat with antiquated 1960’s technology (while today a cell phone has one million times the computing power than ALL of NASA did back then), yet FIFTY years later, the farthest an astronaut can travel from the Earth to the moon is only 1 / 1000th the distance? Read More
Enjoy, this is a really well done interview.
This map is of high quality I got on Ebay and shows the actual miles distance of world’s major countries and cities from point to point.
Gall/Peters Projection Overlay of both maps Mercator Projection
World Maps Are Wrong
The Mercator Projection Map is the most common map used in schools, textbooks and relied upon by millions of people every single day. The true scale of land masses relative in size and shape to one another are all wrong and gives us a very distorted representation of the world. The traditional “Mercator Projection Map” has a cultural and ethnic bias because of the relative and distorted sizes of the land masses creating a Eurocentric bias favoring Western civilization and greatly minimizing the size of South America and Africa. The Mercator Map represents Greenland and Africa as being roughly the same size however in reality, Africa is 4 times as large as Greenland. Africa is in fact 30.221 x 1000 sq. Km.
The American Cartographer Association (ACA) calls for an accurate flat, round Earth Map. The ACA, now Cartography and Geographic Information Society, has produced a series of booklets (including Which Map Is Best) designed to educate the public about map projections and distortion in maps. In 1989 and 1990, after some internal debate, seven North American geographic organizations adopted the following resolution, which rejected all rectangular world maps, a category that includes both the Mercator and the Gall–Peters projections:
WHEREAS, the earth is round with a coordinate system composed entirely of circles, and WHEREAS, flat world maps are more useful than globe maps, but flattening the globe surface necessarily greatly changes the appearance of Earth’s features and coordinate systems, WHEREAS, world maps have a powerful and lasting effect on people’s impressions of the shapes and sizes of lands and seas, their arrangement, and the nature of the coordinate system, WHEREAS, frequently seeing a greatly distorted map tends to make it “look right.”
THEREFORE, we strongly urge book and map publishers, the media and government agencies to cease using rectangular world maps for general purposes or artistic displays. Such maps promote serious, erroneous conceptions by severely distorting large sections of the world, by showing the round Earth as having straight edges and sharp corners, by representing most distances and direct routes incorrectly, and by portraying the circular coordinate system as a squared grid. The most widely displayed rectangular world map is the Mercator (in fact a navigational diagram devised for nautical charts), but other rectangular world maps proposed as replacements for the Mercator also display a greatly distorted image of the spherical Earth.