AuthaGraph Map Is The Most Accurate We Have

Posted: Nov 4 2016, 11:55am CDT | by , in Latest Political News

AuthaGraph Map is The Most Accurate We Have
Credit: AuthaGraph

By now, we all know that the maps in our classrooms aren't really all that accurate. We know that Africa is actually far bigger than it is drawn and Greenland is actually smaller than it appears. Still, some people don't know that and don't understand the proportions of our planet. A designer in Japan decided to change that. In fact, it is almost as good as a globe.

The design is called AuthaGraph, and it is so good that is has been given Japan's biggest design accolade, the Good Design Award.

Created by Hajime Narukawa, artist and architect, the map might seem pretty weird at first glance. Asia and North America have been shifted strangely. Still, it is one of the most proportionally correct maps we have.

Creating the correct proportions of a sphere on a flat surface can be tough. The one you are used to seeing is the Mercator projection, and it was first created in 1569 by Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator.

The technique works for the most part, and it is a great way to see the ocean. However, it isn't quite that accurate and makes countries closer to the poles look much, much bigger than they actually are. For example, Greenland and Africa look almost identical in size when Africa is actually 14x larger.

The new map fixes that, dividing the globe up into 96 equal regions and then transferring those to a tetrahedron. By being careful and taking a few extra steps, he was able to maintain the correct area ratios all over.

"This original mapping method can transfer a spherical surface to a rectangular surface such as a map of the world while maintaining correctly proportions in areas," says the Good Design Award description. "AuthaGraph faithfully represents all oceans, continents including the neglected Antarctica. These fit within a rectangular frame with no interruptions. The map can be tessellated without visible seams. Thus the AuthaGraphic world map provides an advanced precise perspective of our planet."

Of course, the new map isn't perfect and might not be the best thing for navigation. However, it is close.

"The map [needs] a further step to increase a number of subdivision for improving its accuracy to be officially called an area-equal map," the Good Design Award description reads.

Find your own copy of this map here.

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