Mtt
Mtt
Your World Map is Wrong mattlangford.net
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smokey
smokey

@Mtt I was a geography/map fan, so I knew the trouble with Mercator, but that’s a cool GIF I’d not seen before :-)

When I was in school, we had a surprising number of Goode homolosine maps, along with the occasional Mercator and a good collection of other pseudocylindrical projections (probably mainly Mollweide, with Robinson starting to make inroads at the end).

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artkavanagh
artkavanagh

@Mtt @smokey I’m really struck by how much smaller (relatively) Russia is than it appears on the Mercator projection.

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Mtt
Mtt

@smokey Awesome about having those at your school. We had those traditional wall maps and some rarely used globes. Looking back, I’m pretty certain my Geography teacher didn’t know about all of this.

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Mtt
Mtt

@artkavanagh Yeah, that’s a big difference with Russia. Especially if you look at in the context of WWII and the like.

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smokey
smokey

@Mtt I’m not sure we ever talked about it in class; I think it was probably more the textbooks and resources the district used happened not to prefer the Mercator (and the Goode was having a bit of a “moment” back then, for whatever reason—I remember thinking it was such a bizarre map!).

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