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EU_location_ROM, originally uploaded by blue eyes.

A gold star for you if you can see what's wrong with this picture...

(image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

14 comments:

Arnþór Snær said...

iceland and norway not in eu ?

Viszlát Sjáumst said...

I'm no expert.. but I don't believe Iceland is quite that large ?

Maria Alva said...

This is obviously not an Azimuth projection, as represented by the Winkel Tripel style adopted in 1998 by the National Geographic Society, and it shows!

Viszlát Sjáumst said...

It reminds me a bit of those old 2-D 13th century wood carvings where the perspective was all out of whack and even though the people were facing left or right, both their eyes were looking straight out of the carving... love those.

marin_explorer said...

Nice map. The meridians seem OK, but cylindrical projections do not have shorter latitude steps as you go north; it's the other way around. Iceland isn't that close to 70* N. Whoever drew that map needs a vacation!

Trevor & Rachel said...

Great site with some beautiful photos.

gina said...

Living in Sweden, I can tell you that we should absolutely not have an EU right...

Tuan said...

The longitude lines should appear to converge at the north pole, but in the map they do not. The map is not a Mercator projection though the lines seem to suggest it is.

By the way, your site is the #2 google hit for "pylsur."

Maria Alva said...

Yep, I like this map because Iceland is so big and imposing, especially being light colored as it is. According to this map, Iceland is as big, if not bigger than, for example, Spain and Poland. In actuality, Iceland is only 103,000 km2, while Poland is 312 685 km2 and Spain 499 542 km2.

This map seems just the thing to stoke the famously exaggerated egos of my fellow countrymen and women, especially as I found it on Wikipedia and of course if you see it on Wikipedia, it must be true. This map shows how big Icelanders feel their Very Important nation to be, official measurements be damned!

(And that Google "pylsur" thing is very funny, Tuan, though today I'm in third place!)

emmanuel said...

I really don't know, but once you get the answer, I'll be glad to know ! By the way, your blog is really great. One of my dream is to visit your beautiful island and thanks to you, I have a little highlight of what is waiting for me up there ? (I hope so!!!) Keep it that way. Thank you. Emmanuel from France.

marin_explorer said...

Maria,
And...there's an error on that map: the 70*N parallel is missing, so it almost looks like Iceland is bit more icy than in reality.

What can I say...I'm a stickler for maps.

rassgathölan said...

I once read that iceland is always too big on maps. I don't remember how it goes but it's something to do with it being so far north and the earth being a ball and stuff.

Kurt said...

rassgathölan-

Yes, on a globe the meridians converge at the poles, but on maps like these they're made to be equidistant from the poles to the equator. So this distorts any landforms near the poles to disproportionate size, such as Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, etc.

Nils said...

it seems the projection is mercator instead of gauss. This means that the
longitudes are straightend making northens land masses appear larger then they actually are.
http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/0/0b/250px-Tissot_mercator.png