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Atlas & some facts

An atlas is a collection of maps; normally it is a bundle of Earth’s maps or a land region. Atlases have traditionally been booked, but many atlases are today in the form of multimedia. In addition to geographical features and political boundaries, geopolitical, sociological, religious and economic information are often used in many atlases. They are also aware of the map and places on it.  

The concept of the atlas and the type of atlas were the brainchild of earlier modern Netherlands cartographers, geographers and cosmoographers, most notably Gerardus Mercator, who first used the term ‘atlas’ for map collection and Abraham Ortelius, in his modern sense and the genre of an atlas in itself (who is often recognised as the creator of the first true atlas in the modern sense).

The term “atlas” in the geographical context was used in 1595 when Atlas Cosmographicae Meditations de Fabrica Mundi et Fabricati Figura was published by the German-Flemish Geographer Gerardus Mercator (Atlas or cosmographical meditations upon the creation of the universe, and the universe as created). This Title defines Mercator’s word as a description of the entire universe’s formation and form, not only as a collection of maps.

Amazing facts about atlas

  • Not every spot exists in reality!
  • In the past, cartographic resources were limited and errors were not surprising. The huge Kong Mountains, for example, were shown on the first map of Africa in 1798. They didn’t exist was the only difficulty. Nevertheless, for the following 100 years the Kong Mountains would be placed on maps of Africa. More surprisingly, though, current planners are often deliberately incorporating fictional cities in their maps. These are known as “paper towns,” “fantasy villages” or “bunnies” (for whatever reason).
  • Today, North can be in the top of maps, but not always. Most western maps were placed over east during the middle ages. This 1300 Christian Mappa Mundi placed East upwards, with Jerusalem in central direction, towards the Garden of Eden. In Eastern Latin, the word “oriens” is so that you have to “orientate” the map, i.e., ensure that East is above. This is the place where we now obtain the word “orientation.”
  • And they are two North! And actually there
  • True North is the North Pole’s direction. There is also the North Magnetic though, which is at a compass point in the direction to the north end of a needle.
  • Most of the globe maps, known as Mappae Mundi, were costly to construct in Europe throughout mediaeval times and were thus utilised by Royals and Nobles as displays of riches instead of practical uses.
  • It is believed that the entire earth’s surface is 57.392.928 sq. metres. It represents around 29.1 per cent of the Earth’s surface.

By area, Russia is the largest – 6,592,849 sq mile. The smallest one, about 0.17 sq mile, is the Vatican City. Believe or not, Russia can hold the size of the Vatican City over 39 mill

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