We published the Natural Earth II, a new pseudocylindrical projection that will appeal to those who prefer their world maps well rounded. You can take a look at it here:
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Including those files is something that we can do in the future -- thanks for the suggestion. Our top priority right now is getting the word out to developers about the NE2.
thanks Tom. very interesting.
This is beautiful Tom. Has all the benefits of Mollweide and Eckert IV but is much kinder tomid-to-high latitudes. The outer curves (which may be not quite circles?) manage to give a "planetary" impression, strongly reminiscent of the view from space.
Has all the benefits of Mollweide and Eckert IV but is much kinder tomid-to-high latitudes.
It doesn't have the advantage of being equal-area like Mollweide and Eckert IV do, which is why it can afford to be kinder to the high latitudes.
Quite right. I had almost said "has all the beauty..." and possibly should have.
Yet I think Natural Earth II gives the eye a more accurate *impression* of relative area (between different latitudes and different longitudes) than either Mollweide or Eckert IV does.*
Which matters and counts.
(*Except for Greenland and Antarctica, on a strict comparison with Mollweide. But I think the more realistic depiction of those landmasses in Natural Earth II largely counteracts the analytical difference so that, even there, we get a more accurate relative impression.)
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