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Dinosaur Tracks - Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas
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Turnabout Map South Americans rarely question their perspective of the world, yet it shapes our thinking in many ways – how we relate to our southern neighbors for example. It appears in our everyday language. Everything north is “up” or “on top”, south is “down there” or “below” us. Just changing the standard of the way we orient our maps effects the way we understand.
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It is not possible to represent on a flat map the spatial relationships of: Angle Distance Direction Area Scale all on the same projection. A globe is required. Map Projection
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Mercator Projection – (Cylindrical) First Published in 1569
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Latitude lines are shorter the nearer they are to the poles (left). Mercator’s map necessitated latitude lines of equal length (right), thus stretching out what are in fact single points (the poles) to a line of the same length as the equator. This is why landmasses in the north and south are enlarged on Mercator’s map.
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