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Offline FrankSA

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Why is North "up"?
« on: 29/05/2009 10:19:23 »
Why is North considered as "up" as depicted on maps and globes? Surely a traveller from another part of the universe, if approaching earth and seeing the southern hemisphere at the top would consider South as "up". I am from South Africa so I am a little concerned that ourselves and the Australians are always considered as "down-under".


 

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« Reply #1 on: 29/05/2009 10:30:33 »
 

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« Reply #2 on: 29/05/2009 10:39:47 »
Oh sorry I forgot, we play Rubgy against you guys and normally win, and then there's South America as well. But yes, have a look at the globe with South as "up", it's far more pleasing to the eye.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 29/05/2009 11:06:09 »
I think North is considered 'up' because that is where the majority of the population and land mass is. I mean, just imagine the pandemonium if the map was upside down!
 

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« Reply #4 on: 29/05/2009 11:10:44 »
Yes just imagine... I'm still a staunch supporter for it being downsideup, us Southerners would be on top of the world!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 29/05/2009 11:22:16 »
All the  major exploratory and cartogrpahic efforts orginated in the Northern Hemisphere. It was natural, therefore, to have North as up. It's the same reason the Greenwich Meridian is the prime meridian. If it hadn't been it would have been Paris, for much the same reason.
 

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« Reply #6 on: 29/05/2009 11:26:46 »
Ok thanks I thought there was a scientific explanation
 

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Why is North "up"?
« Reply #7 on: 29/05/2009 22:12:52 »
I think early Chinease maps had north at the bottom.
 

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