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the world of maps

by steve waterman - written sometime in the late 90's

our earth is a globe
whose surface we probe
no map can replace her
but just try to trace her



i'd like to share a mystery
of world mapping and its history
it really begins with mercator
the first great map creator



no one gave their resistance
to errors of any distance
clearly focused in their attitudes
along the straight lines of its latitudes



then later came peters
who questioned those meters
with his areas right on
still made the continents too long



the map of buckminster
was like a poor spinster
though precise and quite neat
just how do you make ends meet

  

colour nat geo yellow
who lately chose a new fellow
the result; their robinson projection
still contains polar deception



their new winkel tripel projection
betters robinson; with some trifle correction
its polar truth is still far from whole
no point in raising their flag yet; no pole



millers map with the atlantic
depict greenland as gigantic
antarctica too, looks bizarre
if they dare plot south, that far



mcarthur's what's up south rendition
flips the globe to opposite position
even some insults were hurled
since antarctica was now on top of the world



both adams and lagrange made a figure with earth inside
distortion was rampart and factually could not hide
that this was no globe, they each had to admit
cause antarctica's huge mass took up too much of it

        

the waterman projection combines
advanced polyhedral designs
with visions imagined from space
an equality of position and place



computerized colour with pertinent data
an important component, its obvious equator
continental shaping looking just great
approximate distancing is first rate



from all world projections ever created
when has our earth, been best duplicated
which is the fairest amongst them all
that is the one, to place on your wall


Comparing various aspects between 5 different World maps.

WATERMAN    MERCATOR    ROBINSON    PETERS    FULLER    WINKEL-tripel

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Equator is visually apparent (composed of straight lines)
X
X
X
X
 
X
Shapes as per globe
X
     
X
 
Areas within 10 %
X
   
X
X
 
Distances within 10 %
X
     
X
 
Angular deformations within 20 degrees
X
X
 
X
X
 
Numerous modular versions possible
X
     
X
 
Pole as single point
X
     
X
 
total
7
1
1
3
6
1
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