Jerusalem-centered World Map
Printed on Synthetic paper (for framing) at 56" x 56" -- $424.00The Lambert projection produces a map that shows how countries are situated relative to one another on the actual earth. The world unfolds around a center point providing an accurate picture of where countries are related relative to this point. The key to a superior world map lies in the wise choice of a center point. When this point is chosen to be at or near the ancient city of Jerusalem, which lies at the hub of the world’s landmasses and opposite the world’s largest ocean, a world map with an amazing likeness to the real earth is produced. World maps are all about distortion that ever present problem for all cartographers who seek to render a round object in two dimensions. Any strategy in which distortion can be minimized will result in a more realistic portrayal of the earth itself and in the Lambert projection (centered on the world’s landmasses) we have a means of “dumping” a considerable amount of that undesirable distortion in the vast expanses of the South Pacific Ocean.
The resulting map produces fine likenesses of the most populous areas of the earth from Europe, Africa and Asia to North and Central America, with immediately recognizable renditions of South America and Australia. The map is excellent for understanding the connections between the Americas with Eurasia and Africa across the Atlantic, North Pacific and Arctic Oceans and Australia’s Indian Ocean linkages. The major shortcoming of a map centered on the world’s landmasses relates to connections across the South Pacific Ocean, which are simply not represented on this map. (An alternative world map centered on the Americas is available for those map users primarily concerned with connections across the Pacific Ocean).
A Lambert map presents the world as one integrated surface with no breaks or gaps, producing a map depicting the entire surface of the actual spherical earth world flattened into a two dimensional image. This amazing feature is made possible by the way the world is unfolded and stretched around the chosen center point. The process of unfolding and stretching continues until one reaches the antipodes of the center (the point exactly opposite the center of a spherical object). This point is stretched into the bounding circumference of the map, which often results in unreal distortion of shapes unless the point in question just happens to be in a large ocean as is the case when a map is centered on Jerusalem. The bounding circumference of a Lambert map represents the furthest point to which anyone can travel before beginning a return to his or her starting point, just as someone traveling from the North to the South pole cannot travel beyond the South pole without again getting closer to the North pole. The critical issue here is that within the bounding circle there is a continuous surface exactly corresponding to the actual surface of the world with no omissions or additions, but a surface progressively stretched out (as one moves away from the center of the map) to make all this possible in two dimensions.
This map projection offers map users an image of the planet that looks amazingly like the spherical earth itself, provides them with a solid tool to understand the global connectedness of the world’s most populous countries and also represents each country at its true earth area.
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