Maps

Below, you will find interesting, (but, don’t take my word for it.), yet somehow educational fact’s about maps, along with a fun and interactive version of Google Maps, and more, which is sure to have you wondering whether or I have lost it. No, I have not ‘lost it’, because, there is a map below. 

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Facts About Maps:

  • Cartography is the study of maps and map making.
  • . North may be at the top of maps today, but that wasn’t always the case. During the middle ages, most Western maps, put east at the top instead. In Latin, the word for east, is Oriens, so to hold the map correctly, you had to “orient” it. This is where we get the word “orientation” today.
  • The first map to use the name “America” was created by the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507. It’s also one of the most expensive maps in the world—the US Library of Congress bought it in 2003 for $10 million!
  • There are two Norths: true north and magnetic north. True north is the direction of the geographic North Pole. Magnetic north is the direction the north end of a needle in a compass points. The magnetic North Pole can actually move up to 25 miles a year and has even been known to swap places with the magnetic South Pole.
  • Modern mapmakers often incorporate fake towns into their maps, known as ‘paper towns’,“phantom settlements,” or for some reason, “bunnies.” That way, they would know another map was a copy if they came across one.

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