First North Pole Map!

The first maps of the North Pole are as amazing as they are hilarious.

Maps are thing we as Grognards interact with every time we play. These are pretty amazing to look at.

Septentrionalium Terrarum

“In order to make his map useful for navigation, though, Mercator had to sacrifice accuracy in other areas—specifically, he had to stretch out the top and bottom parts of his map, making the lands and seas in the far North and South appear disproportionately larger than those nearer the equator. (This is also why so many people think Africa is the same size as Greenland, when it is really about 14 times bigger—the Mercator projection is still very common in schools.)”

Hit the link above for the full story.

Make for an amazing Fantasy game no doubt!

Which brings me to a point… I am still looking for a decent condition and priced copy of War in the Ice. Anyone?

Ancient Roman World

The map is the work of Johan Åhlfeldt, a researcher at Sweden’s Lund University, who built it using sources including the  Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World and the Pleides dataset.

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See it here in a google maps style zoomable, scrollable format.

“In a departure from the original Barrington Atlas and the Pleiades dataset, our digital map does not try to implement time periods when places are attested, nor does it speculate on the certainty (or otherwise) of locations: only precise locations from the Pleiades dataset can be rendered on the map. Nevertheless, since many places lacked precise coordinates and/or feature data, a good deal of effort has been made to improve the data.”

http://pelagios.dme.ait.ac.at/maps/greco-roman/

Special thanks to the archives at University of Texas Library. Hook ’em.

Wondered what townships were around ROMA?

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Maps that never happened: War Plan Red

War Plan Red: The Invasion of Canada

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Following the 1927 Geneva Naval Conference, the US Army — evidently bored with the peace and prosperity of the 1920s

 

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20,000 New Maps – Open Access

The NYC Public Library has granted access to the public as of March 28 for download 20,000 maps from a broad range of locations and times.

Background:

“A little background on how we got here… We’ve been scanning maps for about 15 years, both as part of the NYPL’s general work but mostly through grant funded projects like the 2001 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded American Shores: Maps of the MidAtlantic to 1850, the 2004 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) fundedBuilding a Globally Distributed Historical Sheet Map Set and the 2010 NEH funded New York City Historical GIS.

 

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