World map mercator. Using some nifty geometry he was a mathematician after all he projected the earth onto a cylinder and then unrolled it. Drag to rotate the world. Used since the 16th century for navigation straight lines on this map can be used accurately as compass bearings but the size and shape of continents are distorted. The mercator world map of 1569 is titled nova et aucta orbis terrae descriptio ad usum navigantium emendate accommodata renaissance latin for new and more complete representation of the terrestrial globe properly adapted for use in navigation.
See the world in a whole new way. World maps form a distinctive category of maps due to the problem of projection. A world map is a map of most or all of the surface of the earth. A world map can be defined as a representation of earth as a whole or in parts usually on a flat surface.
Each of these zones is 6 degrees wide apart from a few exceptions around norway and svalbard. It shows the location of most of the worlds countries and includes their names where space allows. An interactive playground to explore the extreme distortions of the mercator projection. Political map of the world shown above the map above is a political map of the world centered on europe and africa.
This is made using different types of map projections methods like mercator. Maps are hugely important tools in our everyday life whether its guiding our journeys from point a to b or shaping our big picture perceptions about geopolitics and the environment. Mercator solved this problem by making a rectangular map. Warp the map in real time.
Clever map shows the true size of countries. The mercator projection used here is one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. Drag to rotate mercators projection.