American Multiple Highway, by Renzo Picasso (1930) – Manhattan’s main arteries are overlaid with four layers of traffic. The top layer is reserved for trains, the one beneath for express car traffic, the third one for parking space and the ground level for local traffic
The True Size of … is
an interactive website that allows you to drag countries and continents around the Mercator projection and discover just how big they are (or aren’t).
It is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Cartographers use something called a “projection” to morph the globe into 2D map. The most popular of these is the Mercator projection.
Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. One of the most common criticisms of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent). On the Mercator projection Greenland appears to be roughly the same size as Africa. In reality, Greenland is 0.8 million sq. miles and Africa is 11.6 million sq. miles, nearly 14 and a half times larger.
The oldest known map and/or landscape painting (original on top, reproduction on the bottom). This 9,000 year old work of art from Catal Huyuk, Turkey, depicts the settlement (one of humankind’s earliest) along with the eruption of a nearby volcano. Recently discovered evidence shows that the volcano did erupt around the time that the image was made.