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B. Map Projections > South-Oriented Maps

South-Oriented Maps

A south-oriented map puts south at the top of the map and north at the bottom. This is an important (and shocking to some) notion, as the idea of “north on top” is an arbitrary designation. The ubiquity of north-oriented maps is believed to have a significant effect on our view of cultures in the north and south.

Though not a projection, a popular map that has this orientation is the McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World.

You will be very hard pressed to find a web map that is south-oriented, but there is work being done to make this a much easier task. As of recent, there is an official projection code for a Transverse Mercator (South Oriented): EPSG:9808.


  

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