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Cartographers create amazing maps that will change how you see the world


Geography lessons we wish we’d had! Cartographers share maps that offer new perspectives – including a world map centred on the Pacific Ocean and a global cheese chart

  • Cartographers draft unusual maps to make you see world with new perspective 
  • One map highlights where all of Europe’s most beloved cheese comes from 
  • Another aligns the world’s smallest state, the Vatican, with the largest building

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Talented cartographers have created a series of insightful maps that present the world from a different perspective. 

Compiled into a gallery by Bored Panda, the maps bring our attention to unusual, quirky and little-known geographical facts.

Some offer a visual representation of the scale of certain countries, including the size of the smallest state, the Vatican, which is superimposed onto the world’s largest building – Aalsmeer Flower Auction house, located in the Netherlands.  

Another highlighted the size of the habitable space on Mars if the Red Planet had as much water as planet Earth.

And one map turns the world on its head by putting New Zealand and the Pacific Ocean at its heart, instead of Europe.

People have created amazing maps to put little known facts into perspective. Pictured: a map showing how pedestrians are illustrated on signs in different countries across Europe, Russia, Turkey and parts of Asia

People have created amazing maps to put little known facts into perspective. Pictured: a map showing how pedestrians are illustrated on signs in different countries across Europe, Russia, Turkey and parts of Asia 

This map documents a single eagle's travels from Sudan to Kazakhstan over a period of twenty years

This map documents a single eagle’s travels from Sudan to Kazakhstan over a period of twenty years

One map highlights in red the countries which are mentioned in the Bible, which include France and India

One map highlights in red the countries which are mentioned in the Bible, which include France and India 

This map compares the size of Japan to the East coast of the United States to show how small the nation really is, comparitive to its world influence

This map compares the size of Japan to the East coast of the United States to show how small the nation really is, comparitive to its world influence 

A cartographer showed what dry land would be habitable on Mars if the Red Planet was made of 71 per cent water just like planet Earth

A cartographer showed what dry land would be habitable on Mars if the Red Planet was made of 71 per cent water just like planet Earth 

This colourful map highlighted the provenance of several European popular cheeses, from Brie and Camembert in France to Cheddar in Orkney Island

This colourful map highlighted the provenance of several European popular cheeses, from Brie and Camembert in France to Cheddar in Orkney Island 

This map shows that the world's smallest state, the Vatican, is smaller than the world's largest building, which is the  Aalsmeer Flower Auction house located in the Netherlands

This map shows that the world’s smallest state, the Vatican, is smaller than the world’s largest building, which is the  Aalsmeer Flower Auction house located in the Netherlands

This map illustrates the longest journey that can be made by land across the world, from Portugal to Vietnam

This map illustrates the longest journey that can be made by land across the world, from Portugal to Vietnam

That's a long drive! This map shows what a super-highway linking London to New York via Moscow and Fairbanks would look like

That’s a long drive! This map shows what a super-highway linking London to New York via Moscow and Fairbanks would look like 

A picture of the world where the world is centered around the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand as opposed to the usual version where it is centered on Europe and Africa

A picture of the world where the world is centered around the Pacific Ocean and New Zealand as opposed to the usual version where it is centered on Europe and Africa

Those two maps show a boom in occupied Bald Eagle nests between 1974 and 2019 which is credited to the Clean Water Act of 1972

Those two maps show a boom in occupied Bald Eagle nests between 1974 and 2019 which is credited to the Clean Water Act of 1972

This map illustrates the population distribution around several countries in Africa. The blue space holds as many people as the space filled in red - 250 million

This map illustrates the population distribution around several countries in Africa. The blue space holds as many people as the space filled in red – 250 million

If you love penguins, you will love this map, which shows you the few corners of the globe where the flightless birds can be found

If you love penguins, you will love this map, which shows you the few corners of the globe where the flightless birds can be found

This map shows just how large Canada really is, with 50 per cent of the country's residents living south of the red line

This map shows just how large Canada really is, with 50 per cent of the country’s residents living south of the red line  

A map of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota shows a GPS image of multiple wolf packs around the land and how much they avoid each other’s range

A map of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota shows a GPS image of multiple wolf packs around the land and how much they avoid each other’s range

Each section of this map shows 10 per cent of the world's population, with smaller segments more densely populated than the larger ones

Each section of this map shows 10 per cent of the world’s population, with smaller segments more densely populated than the larger ones 

With Britain, central Africa, north India and South America the biggest hotspots on the map- the image shows the whereabouts of high CO emissions

With Britain, central Africa, north India and South America the biggest hotspots on the map- the image shows the whereabouts of high CO emissions 

This map shows different animal migration routes across north America, using different coloured lines to show the patterns

This map shows different animal migration routes across north America, using different coloured lines to show the patterns 

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