The traditional map of the world, known as the Mercator map, may be the most often seen image of our planet but it is also considered highly inaccurate because Antarctica and Greenland are greatly distorted. Now, a Japanese artist and architect believes he has solved this 447-year-old problem with an “origami map” that represents landmasses and seas as accurately as possible. To create the perfectly proportioned map, Hajime Narukawa divided the spherical globe into 96 triangles that are flattened and transferred to a tetrahedron. This allows the image to be “unfolded” into a rectangle while still maintaining an area’s proportions.
Source: Drudge Report

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