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Why Your Google Maps Is Over 400 Years Old



These days, it’s natural to feel a bit lost. Everyone seems to be looking for a sense for where they stand in the world; a reference point on which to ground ourselves. A mental map. But, many people’s mental maps of Earth share the same, fairly significant errors. The good news is: it’s not your fault!

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Close-Up Of Pencil Against White Background
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World Map. Sinusoidal projection.
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World Map. Van der Grinten projection.
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World Map. Goode’s interrupted homolosine projection.
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Detailed Political World map in Mercator projection
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Physical World map in Mercator projection.
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City Urban Streets Roads Abstract Map
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Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), Flemish-German cartographer, wood engraving, published in 1881
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Equirectangular World Map
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The British Empire From 1883
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World map with graticules (Mercator projection)
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Map Of The Colonial Powers, 1902
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Blue world map, Robinson projection, with grid lines on blue backdrop
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The planet Mars, 1880.
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Deep In Thought
A scribe adds details to a map.
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POLYGRAPH / LIE DETECTOR: 35 MM FILM: * ANGLED MCU Needles of polygraph machine, lie detector, recording results, wavelengths, onto moving chart. Lying, interview, truth, honesty, suspect, test, witness, law, testimony.
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animation of book’s page turning. Perfect for learning, wisdom and book related videos.
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Spinning Globe
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1948 MS REENACTMENT Chrisotpher Columbus commanding crew from ship deck as he moves toward America
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This is exactly the reaction I was hoping for
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Human brain medical cyber background
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The Grand Canal in Venice Italy
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Planet Earth seen from space. Real video. No CGI. Taken from International Space Station
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Busy woman looking at watch, confused by failing urgent task, missing deadline
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4k Blue Earth With Connection Lines (Close Up) – Loopable – International Network / Flight Routes
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Female tourist looking for direction at the map
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It’s a yes from me
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low angle front view: no one know where to go, although they have a map to navigate the direction on waterside of island at dusk
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Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Resort in California
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Low section view of Leather boot walking in the morning
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