Map Monday: nice and easy

I’ve posted more than usual this past week and so, to spare my readers too much stress and strain, I’m going to keep this week’s Map Monday nice and light. No history lessons, no cultural or ideological discussions, just a few intriguing perspectives on maps and the planet we live on. Enjoy.

World showing where today’s countries would/might be located on Pangea (the supercontinent that formed around 270 million years ago and slowly broke up into the continents we know today starting sometime around 70 million years ago).

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World if someone long ago had decided to call the North Pole the South Pole and vice versa.  Some people call this Australians’ view of the world.

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The time zones in Antarctica. I bet you never thought about this. And Canadians think they have it bad with 5 time zones (4 hours difference plus a half hour earlier in Newfoundland!)

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Map of the world, as viewed by whales. Thanks for sharing, Anne Rimmer.

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Africa in perspective. An effective way to get a better feel for the large size of this important continent.

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22 Responses to Map Monday: nice and easy

  1. Good lord, that Africa map says it all doesn’t it? Fascinating! – Marty

  2. iidorun says:

    I loved the whales! I wonder how other animals view the world? I know that birds use the earth’s magnetic poles to navigate and I wonder if they use that to map their world with their internal GPS? Your posts are always so enlightening!

  3. barryh says:

    Love them, especially Africa and the whales. I guess it’s the standard map projections that make Africa look smaller than it is.

  4. calmkate says:

    What a fascinating new perspective … I really had no idea Africa was so big … people also often underestimate the size of oz!
    Thanks Jane 🙂

  5. Roadtirement says:

    A fascinating post. Map reading is such a valuable talent, so many have no clue.

    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks for commenting. You’re right; I hadn’t even stopped to think about people not being able to read a map, but of course these days many/most people rely on their GPS to do it for them. Where’s the fun in that?! 😏

  6. As a relatively newcomer to your blog I do enjoy your maps, why have I never looked at a map of the world upside down?

    • Jane Fritz says:

      I’m glad you’re enjoying them. I know, isn’t it weird to see ‘upside down’ like that?! It’s amazing how our minds are so “good” at accepting what we see at face value. Kind of like thinking of Greenland as being absolutely enormous because we usually see it on a Mercator projection. It’s a big island, but not THAT big!

  7. Roy McCarthy says:

    Look at that. I could have hiked around to Canada in a week or two in the good old days 🙂

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