Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Keep the islands on the map"

Yesterday there was a protest by a number of students representing Greenpeace from around the world mounted a protest about the massive globe they have in one part of the Bella Center. Why? Cartography.

They were upset that island nations such as Micronesia, Fiji, Tuvalu, Tonga and others weren't displayed on the face of the globe. I can understand them being upset that their countries were not represented and that this was seen as yet another slight to their importance. But cartographically speaking, are they correct? At the scale the globe is portrayed, how big would those island nations actually appear if they were being represented in actual scale?

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