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Questions tagged [map-making]

For questions that have to do with the science or practice of drawing maps. If the question has to do with making maps this question is good. Note: This tag is about creating maps of physical features, not creating the physical features themselves. For that see the geography tag.

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Can tectonic plates have any shape and size or are there limitations?

I would like to create a map with the help of tectonic plates. I didn't really care before. Can tectonic plates have all possible sizes and shapes? As an extreme example, could a continent the size of ...
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Drawing landmasses for this odd-shaped planet

I've just come here for some help drawing a map for this fictional planet where two roughly similar planets have been smushed into kind of pear shape like this: So this planet spins on an axis which ...
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Medieval/ancient/fantasy setting in southern hemisphere?

I was unfortunate enough to imagine an ancient setting upside down. I started out with small features and, after connecting them, got the following: ...
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Rotating a map projection - software question

Not a duplicate of What software is available for map creation? as the focus is on how, not what -- requesting useful projections for a polar context, and techniques to transform between projections ...
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Can you critique my sea temp map and answer a couple of specific questions?

I'm working on yet another iteration of a world map project. I'd like to ask for some opinions on the sea temperature map I've done: I also have a few specific questions about some areas on the map. ...
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Tool for “mapifying” simple closed curves?

Is there a tool which takes a simple image with closed curves (like 2 circles), and then "mapifyes" the image by making those circles into coastlines? I know it's a bit vague, but what I mean is ...
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Realistic Landmass Formation on Torus-Shaped Planet

Having recently discovered that torus-shaped planets can actually form, I've started to consider using that design as a setting for a map(no real purpose in mind, just map making for the sake of it). ...
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Is my fantasy map unrealistic and/or too small?

I've finally drawn out a map of the world in which my fantasy novel (mostly) is set in hopes of creating more countries and deepening political tension between the existing ones through figuring out ...
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The magical map - how to stop it being too powerful

In a Middle Earth type world, there exists a magical map. It has the property that anything that happens to the map also happens in the real world. The map can be 'zoomed' in or out to get the right ...
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What would be used for “coordinates” on a large asteroid?

Assuming we had a non-spherical asteroid that doesn't have a magnetic "north", how would the inhabitants define areas on the asteroid? How would they explain to a visitor to go to a very specific ...
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Hollow Earth - how to measure it?

I'm making a map for my friend - I drew a pretty neat cartographic grid with a proper map projection - and then he reminded me that his world is actually an inverted Earth with a glowing ball of ...
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Bringing Hot and Cold climates together

I'm building a map for a tabletop RPG (Pathfinder specifically), the aim of which is that my players will be trekking around and visiting interesting places. As part of that, I'd love to portray a ...
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What checklist should I go through before mapping my world? [closed]

Now that I have a bunch of cool ideas to expand from, one part of the world-building process I am most eager to deal with is map-making! However, maps are quite tricky in the sense that they are ...
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How to make my map realistic? [closed]

So I'm making a map of my fantasy world (it's got six main continents and it's an earth like planet) and I'm not entirely sure how to make it realistic, and I'm not entirely sure where to start. I ...
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Is this map realistic/believeable?

I'm working on this map right now. Is this map realistic/believable? The continent would be about 5 million km² and lies in the temperate climate zone. (I intended it to be smaller than Australia; my ...
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When did humanity have the knowledge to prove this semi-flat world is an octagon?

The world below is flat. However, there are no endless walls of ice or force or magic - Instead, each side of the octagon "wraps" to the other side. That is, the North boundary wraps to the South ...
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Best places to be on Earth when an all out nuclear World War III breaks out?

This is a world building question in a preventative context because those people or countries would be left fully functional while others gone and the safe areas is where the world building would ...
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Map recources pre existing and creation

I'm looking for maps of Pangea Proxima/ Ultima that have biomes labeled. As I am basing a world build from them.
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Where should I place mountains and deserts in this generated map?

Thanks for all the comments and I've re-edited the question: All nature settings(radius of planet, etc) are similar to the real world earth except the continent layout. I used Mogensen Planet ...
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Can my spaceship figure out its position using Cepheid Variables?

In my story, reasonably far in the future, an intrepid group of explorers are on the first manned mission to the Andromeda galaxy, travelling close to the speed of light. They slumbered in suspended ...
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Determination of reasonable volcanic island height from area?

My islands (in the world I'm building) were formed from a volcanic hotspot. I want to build realistic islands, so I was wondering how tall volcanic islands are generally in relation to their area. ...
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How plausible are the terrain and land-forms on my fantasy map?

You might have seen me ask a few questions the last few days. Basically, I'm just looking for advice on how plausible this (very early prototype) map might be. Disclaimer: I unfortunately know rather ...
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Locating GPS coordinates after the apocalypse

It's after the apocalypse. Most modern technology has been destroyed, either by disaster or neglect. How could you locate a particular set of GPS coordinates without the aid of the satellites or ...
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Tools for drawing on (Google) Maps

I'm creating alternate history and I need to plot my modifications on actual maps. I'm looking for an online tool (website) where you can add drawings on a base map with precision, zoom it in and ...
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Quick-and-simple point-and-click cartographic software to easily make a basic map

Short version: Just as the title says, I'm looking for a quick-and-simple point-and-click cartographic software to easily make a basic map. ===== Long version: This might be asking too much for ...
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Concise, formal way of describing a particular meridian of a moon

Say I have a moon orbiting a planet. Due to tidal locking, if we model the moon as a sphere, there exists an axis which passes through the center of the moon which is always pointed toward the center ...
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Mapping Stellar Empires? [duplicate]

Any nation needs to have a firm understanding of its borders and controlled territories. How might a empire with FTL technology spanning multiple planetary/stellar systems make a map of their ...
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Discovery of space-time distortion via post-apocalyptic cartography?

So I have been working on a world where space has been "cracked" by some mysterious disaster which plunged the world into chaos. It is not immediately apparent - i.e. no giant glowing holes in the ...
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How can I get my continent placement and latitude lines right to make my climates work?

This is a (crude) map of my world of Lorne in the current age. At the point of development I'm in, I'm trying to get the climates/biomes of some of the lands I've envisioned to work out as best as ...
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Is it realistic to sleep outdoors while traveling along roads

Did research on map-building to get an idea of how to make a good fictional area, and get an idea of travel times. I consistently found it said that Towns are roughly a days walk apart, and villages ...
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Is there a software (preferrably free) that can help me make a map from a preset land mask?

I already have a land mask (view below) from a basic world map generator, but I need anyway that will help me place mountains, deserts, rivers, cities, etc on it. And, if possible, a height map from ...
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Rocky planet height maps [closed]

anybody know where to find real height maps/bump maps of all the rocky planets and moons large enough to colonize in our solar system? Building 3D models and i want to terraform oceans forests and ...
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Can Anyone Recommend a Tool for Map Building? [duplicate]

I would like to make a map for black & white inclusion in a book. I'd like to have lines of latitude and longitude, and be able to drop cities. Could anyone recommend a good map building tool ...
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Program for drawing maps in correct scale

I've decided to draw maps, on these maps, I planned on drawing regions which already have determined areas (ex. Region 1 has 30.000 km²), the problem is, how would a measure a region's area on a map? ...
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Designing a map by morphing an existing island

To create a map for my setting, I took the following steps: Made a sketch of how the (then peninsula) should roughly look like using the Inkarate map editor. Took a map of the island of Hispaniola, ...
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corrected projections: Is this world map realistic? I tried to use plate tectonics to inform my mountain and island chain placements

1 degree of latitude = 96.57 km. Equirectangular projections. (Yes, I need to revise the polar regions to make sure they don't get squished.) Obliquity of Jasmi: +31.1 degrees. Radius of Jasmi: 0....
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Could I get some guidance on this map in progress?

BACKGROUND So I was working on a map, when I suddenly realized that despite the many helpful tutorials on this site I have very little idea what I'm doing. I thought it might be a good idea to put on ...
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Is my world map unrealistic?

Just to say this first, the map is intentionally on a slant, and so the Northern cold areas are displayed at more of a North-West Angle, for example. I am designing the world from scratch, and am ...
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Need help with placing cities in the map [closed]

Here's a terrain map of Iridia, my made-up country. It shares borders with two countries (Country A to the north and Country Z to the south). Iridia has friendly relations with country Z but has been ...
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Assuming a network of natural wormholes allowed FTL jumps, what could I do with a comprehensive map? [closed]

So I'm in a universe in which there are naturally occurring wormholes, which humanity has used to spread among the stars. Discovering new wormholes is tedious, and scouting new systems is hard work, ...
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Maps in a portalized island group

This is my first time posting on Worldbuilding, so please, if I make any mistakes or don't provide enough / the proper type of information, do not hesitate to tell me. Introductions aside, let's jump ...
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Destruction by design - how best to go about crafting a ruined landscape?

Ruins of many kinds are a staple of stories whether for games or tales of high adventure. My question is about the design process behind such structures: should one start with a city or building and ...
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How do I convert part of a south pole map to a mercator projection?

I do not know the name for the technique I am looking for, but I am essentially trying to take this map: And have it distorted into a mercator projection to complete this map: A program that allows ...
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Early Draft Map [closed]

I am developing a small (semi fantasy) medieval town and sketched out the basic topography. I sketched layers free-hand on acetates to separate terrain, roads, etc. The areas in boxes are where I see ...
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Gall peters projection — politically correct or incorrect? [closed]

Question: Why is the Gall Peters projection considered politically correct? I've thought about this for some time, and to me, it seems to be more politically incorrect than correct. This is because ...
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Finding the area of a nation

How can I find the area of an irregular shape while taking into account the distortions of Equirectangular projection?
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How realistic is the geography of my map?

I was told to post this question separately, so here it is. I need help with the geography and climate of my map. Blue circles are ports Gray circles are cities That one brown circle is a town The ...
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How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are and ...
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A water cycle in an underground setting

The ozone layer depleted beyond reasonable levels and life on the surface has become impossible and life migrated underground in giant caves connected together by tunnels. Some of those caves have ...
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Which minerals are needed to make a sustainable medieval country?

Which minerals (iron, coal, copper, etc.) are needed in the same country to make it sustainable (medieval age)? For example: A country is made in the middle of a gigantic island (like a little ...