Where do you think you’d reach if you swam in a completely straight line from Ela Beach?
Where do you think you’d reach if you swam in a completely straight line from Ela Beach? Believe it or not, the answer is actually more surprising than you might first guess.
Some might say Australia, but according to a series of maps that show what lies across the ocean in purely latitudinal terms – Papua New Guinea is on the same latitude as Peru. Does this surprise you? Of course it does.
Web cartographer Andy Woodruff has released a set of maps that illustrate the distorted sense of geography drawn into most maps of the world.
According to Woodruff
“The latitude maps got me interested in answering the question more strictly: standing on a given point and facing perpendicular to the coast, if you went straight ahead, never turning, where would you end up? There are two reasons why following a line of latitude won’t answer the question : 1. Coastlines are crooked and wacky. 2. The Earth is round.”
If you’re on the beach, this map shows you what’s across the ocean?
Credit: Eric Odenheimer