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The term world refers to the universe of discourse. This is often synonymous with the planet Earth or the entire Universe. However, it can be used in less literal terms; for example, when describing two people with very little in common, one can describe them as "living in two different worlds."

Bryan Derksen on Wikipedia

Here at Mapclicker.com we want to bring you the world. Including all that we can see from above. Cultural and physical. Allthough we do not hold the complete truth, we are aming for a fair and open worldview. If you do not agree with our maps, you are more than welcome to send us a message, please include links to the fixed shapefiles ;-)

Country of the month: United States of America

The United States of America (USA), often referred to as the United States or America, is a republic which is made up from 50 states, a federal district, five major semi-independant territories, and various possessions. 48 of the 50 states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the far northwestern corner of North America, with a land border to the east with Canada and separated by the Bering Strait from Russia. The state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

The contiguous United States consists of the 48 adjoining states plus Washington, D.C. The term excludes the states Alaska and Hawaii and territories and possessions, which include American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Did you know the United States of America is spread over nine timezones?

USA quiz: States State Flags

Flag of United States

Flag of the United States of America

Map of the United States

Map of the United States of America

Map Men

Here at Geography-test we're not the only people who are into maps. Check out this amazing video of Jay Foreman and Mark Cooper-Jones discribing what they say is the world's worst border. Or look at our Asia Geograpghy Quiz and check it out for yourself.

If you like their videos they currently have five more!


Maps and projections

car·tog·ra·phy

[kahr-tog-ruh-fee]

The word cartography is derived from the French word cartographie, this in turn is derived from the Latin carta (map) and the Greek word graphei (to draw or to write). So cartography is the creation of maps. But also map projections.

Here at mapclicker we are our own cartographers, we've created a staggering amount of map. In all our favorite projections and Mercator. We primarily use Robinson and LAEA. Exceptions are offcourse made for Britain, maybe that is why their projection is called British National Grid. The most commonly used projection is Mercator, but that has some major drawbacks. Because Mercator really messes with sizes espessialy near the north and south poles, on a mercator projection Greenland and the continent of Africa look about the same size. But in fact Africa is about 14! times larger than Greenland. This image made by pratham. Comparison between Greenland and Africa


Different projections

Just like we said before, Mercator projection is the most common. But whatever the projection, they all start with a little white lie: "The world is flat". Here at mapclicker we understand that you can't carry a globe with you for your phone, or navigation system. And because no one can, mapmakers (or carthographers) have used multiple way to distort the world's surface, better known as mapprojections or simply projections. And just as the music of Beethoven was named after Beethoven so are projections.

Mercator

Gerardus Mercator was born in 1512 in modernday Belgium then called East Flanders. He create the mercator projection in aide of sailers. The strait lines you could draw over a map worked great in the age of compasses.

Default Mercator mapMercator
Default Robinson mapRobinson

Robinson projection

The Robinson projection was presented in 1963 by Dr. Arthus H. Robinson and was created by request of a commercial atlas publisher. Dr Robinson experimented with by changing the vertical and horizontal scales using a table. He kept refining the variables until he found it aesthetically pleasing. Quite the exception when most projections are based on mathmatical formulas. More information including the projectiontable can be found here: Indept Robinson explaination.

Flag of the month

Japan

Flag of Japan

The flag of Japan is a white flag with a red disc in the center. This flag is officially called Nisshōki or sun flag, but is more commonly known as Hinomaru or circle of the sun. The flag embodies Japan's nickname as the Land of the Rising Sun.

What's coming?

  • Flags of Germany
  • All about Australia
  • Europe physical features
  • Bodies of water Worldwide
  • Physical features Worldwide

Please note that it might not be done order of this list.