Spherical map of earth. The mercator projection used here is one way of looking at the spherical earth as a flat map. Many ancient cultures subscribed to a flat earth cosmography including greece until the classical period the bronze age and iron age civilizations of the near east until the hellenistic period india until the gupta period early centuries ad and china until. The flat earth model is an archaic conception of earths shape as a plane or disk. The big flat world map in your high school classroom the atlas youve used to navigate during a road trip and even google maps are all lying to you.
Its formation into a sphere was made easy by its primordial hot liquid phase. What is spherical mercator spherical mercator is a de facto term used inside the openlayers community and also the other existing open source gis community to describe the projection used by google maps microsoft virtual earth yahoo maps and other commercial api providers. Updated every three hours. The subject originated in the islamic caliphates of the middle east north africa and spain during the 8th to 14th centuries.
The equal earth map projection is a new equal area pseudocylindrical projection for world maps jointly developed by bojan savric esri tom patterson us national park service and bernhard jenny monash university. The earth is massive enough that gravity maintains it as a roughly spherical shape. See current wind weather ocean and pollution conditions as forecast by supercomputers on an interactive animated map.