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How much of Earth's land area has antipodal land area?

Using the site antipodesmap one can quickly explore what the opposite point of the earth to any location would be. That is, the surface point connected to this point by a straight line through the ...
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Is there a better system than latitudes and longitudes? [closed]

I am a student programmer, with very little knowledge of geography and am working with maps for a project, and have to convert latitudes and longitudes to points on a screen (map to pixels). So my ...
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Elevation of a point on Earth

What purpose is served by taking sea level as the reference point for finding the height of any point on Earth when we all know that measuring the sea level is a very complex task and it differs from ...
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Is there a name for the process of producing positional data for cartography?

Map-making requires two distinct processes, first to produce the data -- latitude, longitude and elevation -- of the points to be mapped; and second to represent this data on a flat surface as a map. ...
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Is there a map that displays every country at its correct relative size?

I know that the standard Mercator projection is completely wrong when it comes to the relative sizes of countries (Greenland appears relatively much larger than in reality, for example). AFAIK they do ...
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Why is the north considered as up, and south as down?

This question popped up in my head while watching LOTR, in wich a tree says: going south always feels like going down.
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GIMMS NDVI3g grid cells not entirely square-shaped?

The official data description of the recently updated GIMMS NDVI3g record describes the grid parameters of the dataset as follows. ...
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How much distance does $0.001^\circ$ in latitude or longitude represent?

If I'm standing at a lat of 30.000$^\circ$ and a long of 30.000$^\circ$ and I move to a lat of 30.001$^\circ$ and a long 30.000$^\circ$, how far have I gone? Is there a relationship between decimal ...
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What is the technical term for spatially aggregated measures?

Is there an adjective to describe data that has areal weight, like area, biomass, population, etc. — data that has to be aggregated by sum for example — vs. data that doesn't, such as landcover ...
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Inconsistency between topographic survey and Google Earth

For a piece of land in Peru (Zone 18K), I was provided the following UTM coordinates (showing just one): 140800 E 8176337 N. However, when I look up the site on Google Earth, while the N coordinate is ...
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To what extent has the Earth's surface been geologically mapped?

To what extent has the Earth's surface been geologically mapped? For instance, what fraction has been surveyed at 1:10 000, 1:100 000 or 1:1 000 000 scale? Edit: By 'surface' I mean land surface, ...
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Are there books or on-line resources about graphic design for geology?

Maybe someone knows books that are about graphic design like visual identities, colors, forms, symbols for this industry - Geology? In short - resources that are about graphic design from Geology ...
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What is the maximum value of Easting in UTM coordinates?

What is the maximum value of Easting in UTM coordinates? In many websites I found the answer of maximum value is about 834000 meters, but if you convert some of these coordinates below the value will ...