The world maps of the future are probably going to look a lot more like these than like an artfully positioned Oblique Mercator projection. At least when you’ve got ocean matters on your mind.
FYI: if you’re into analog swag, these maps are sized to mount back-to-back.
Ocean Sailors World Map Type M
Ocean Sailors World Map Type N
May 31, 2019
Map edges are continental divides of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Relative sizes of watersheds around the map edge are directly comparable.
Inland basins attach at their lowest spout.
Relative sizes and internal proportions of oceans and seas are roughly accurate.
Many of the long-distance flights the Nautilus Live crew are talking about can be followed on this map.
October 1, 2016
Found myself in a discussion yesterday about homogeneous anthropological districts, in particular the USA Black Belt.
Just thought I’d take a look at the present political representation.
May 11, 2016
March 16, 2016
Here’s the map in near-maximum resolution. (Click on map for full-size version)
(You might have to open it in a photo-editing software such as Photoshop. I have trouble opening this in Mac Preview.)
(Not sure if this will work; it’s the largest file I’ve yet posted.)
(Yeah. Doesn’t want to open on screen. Try right-clicking on the map and select “download linked file.”)
Suggestions welcome for how to fix this posting glitch. EDIT: the download problem appears to be native to my home computer. Enjoy the map!
January 13, 2016
I had to make up the projection. Long story. Summary is that the cut (the edge of the map) is 270˚ (three-fourths of a circle).
The purpose was to put the tiger stripes, the south polar district, into global context. Other compact maps were either unable to make the polar region large enough, relative to the nether regions, or the map periphery went squirrelly.
The cut can turn on 45˚ increments, which has the effect of rotating the stripes around the pole; the lobes refocus from leading and trailing hemispheres (the posted map) to anti- and sub-Saturnian hemispheres.
A really large version is in the works. Maybe by March, knock on wood.
Here’s what the grid looks like:
with a little Photoshopping, you could make your own! Hmm . . . would this projection be of any use on another planet or moon?
December 20, 2015
. . . in case anyone has been wanting one.
The mosaic is based on the July release, so I expect NASA will have something better for us soon.
October 9, 2015
My design for an children’s participatory exhibit titled Spaces & Illusions, which was installed from 1976–1980, give or take a few months, at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.
Its appearance here in a blog about a novel way to make world maps may appear incongruous until I offer that the process of designing and installing the exhibit presaged all the constant-scale natural boundary maps you find here.
Presaged in a cluelessly groping way, I admit, but some things take time to resolve themselves.
This image copyright Chuck Clark 2012, all rights reserved.
January 18, 2015
Hey, if you’re visiting from papermodelers, leave a note in the comments. I’m curious to hear what uses you put this model to! Thanks, Chuck
August 1, 2014
Sure would be nice to have a simple cylindrical version of David Sandwell’s Satellite Geodesy “global” topography map, over at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
Say 7200×3600 pixels? Or, even better, 10,800×5400 pixels. David? David, are you out there, can you hear me?
Below I had to cobble in the poles from another source, so both the color match and data match are off.
Map in progress, with currents from multiple sources, Creative Commons copyright Chuck Clark 2014: