Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Old, Old Maps


Beautiful, right? But I wonder, how did they draw maps without having satellite images? How did they know the shape of the continents? Anyone?

Images By Chanqua Cost Conservation Action


*Update: Apparently, sailors drew maps by sailing along the coastline, following the position of the stars and using compasses. Isn't that amazing?

2 comments:

Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

seriously?! - that's a good question - how they knew so much with so little information!

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Erika
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Diana Mieczan said...

No clue...Great point. Those look so beautiful!
Very interesting :)
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