Back to an overivew of flat mapping and pictures of flat maps of the cerebellum created in the Euclidean and hyperbolic planes and on a sphere or to more spherical maps.
To give you an idea of what it means to create a flat map in the
hyperbolic plane and the resulting distortion, here are some examples of
quasi-conformal flat maps of the western hemisphere of the Earth. The map
on the left is of the western hemisphere in the hyperbolic plane, centered
around Tallahassee, Florida. Centering the same hyperbolic map around the
southern point of Chile gives a completely different picture. Notice how
there is lots of distortion around the edges of the map, with Antarctica
enlarged at the bottom of the map, and North America squashed near the top
of the map.
Here is a (hemi)spherical quasi-conformal map of the western hemisphere.
Back to an overview of flat mapping and pictures of flat maps or to more spherical maps.
I would like to thank Kirt Schaper and my other collaborators at the International Neuroimaging Consortium for generating this data so I could create these flat maps of the Earth.