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Goodbye to flat Earth on Google Maps

Aug 03, 2018 POSTED IN BusinessDesignTech BY blogger
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Aug 2018

Instead of displaying a flat ‘meractor’ projection of the world, the tech giant has rounded it out into a sphere.

You can spin and rotate the big blue marble any way you want. Which is great for most of us, but not great if you happen to be one of those people that believes the world is flat. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the Flat Earth theories continue to populate the internet and say that the rest of us have got it wrong.

On flat maps, it’s impossible to represent land mass size on a relative scale. Objects in the north and south become distorted as the flat map compensates for the flattening of the globe. This is most evident in the commonly used Mercator projections that properly represents the size of land around the equator but super-sizes land in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Now, when Google Maps is used on Desktop, users will see the appropriate size of land masses. The update is great but I have yet to find the giant ice wall that’s preventing all of life from sliding off the side of the flat earth and onto the back of the giant turtle we’re riding through the vast emptiness of space. The “Globe Mode” update is only available on desktop and not mobile, but it works on all major browsers, including Chrome, Edge and Firefox, reportedly thanks to WebGL. The change brings maps more in line with Google Earth, which has always presented the world from that viewpoint.