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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What needs to be changed about the plate tectonics of my world?

So, after trying to make a few different world maps and not really feeling satisfied with them, I decided to attempt making a world a bit more from scratch, by adding in plate tectonics. Now, I did ...
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Can a low-tech sailing ship tell how deep the water is?

I'm trying to figure out the challenges faced by a low-tech civilization mapping its world. They have access to roughly Renaissance level technology, plus some (not very abundant) magic. One question ...
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How do I put a rectangular map onto a globe?

I've spent time hand-drawing, and then scanning, and colorizing a world map using Paint.Net. The map uses a rectangular projection (something like an Equirectangular, Plate Caree, or Behrmann ...
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What types of climate would form under set conditions?

The continent is located on the Earth-like planet. The first map depicts a rough Köppen classification (which is there to give you bit of a context). Note that: Types 13 and 14 are undefined/...
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I would appreciate your advice on the climate of my world

There are some things I don't understand. So far I have my map pretty developed but I think I made some mistakes and there are places I am not sure about. I know I made some mistakes with ocean ...
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Kingdom creation calculations [closed]

Ok, here is the deal... In my story, I am trying to create a small kingdom containing somewhere 1000-1500 people with a 30-70% female to male ratio & 10-90% children to adult ratio. It is an old ...
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Population spread of frontier settlements [closed]

Here's the situation... In 1000 BCE 5000 people from 13 cultures each are transported to a whole other world, for a total of 65000 people. These culture group together and divide up so that we have a ...
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What tool can I use to draw a simple map of a fictional world?

This Query is part of the Worldbuilding Resources Article. I want to draw a map of a fictional world, which consists of two regions (countries), separated by mountains. Are there any tools which ...
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What tool or Program can be used to add “info pins” to custom fantasy maps

Firstly, Allow me to apologize if this is not relevant on on topic for this stack exchange, but I'm at a loss here and hope someone can help. I have created a rough map for my world using Krita (...
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Algorithm or tool to design a worldwide subway transit map?

As the question says, an impossible (not earth) futuristic world has a subway system spanning across the entire planet and I would like to design its transit map. The obvious problem with doing this ...
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Climate Map Climate

My friend and I are working on this world called Roia. It shares many terrestrial properties with the real life earth: composition, axial tilt, distance from the star, presence of water, etc. You can ...
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Different ways of going about worldbuilding besides making up words and drawing maps?

I'm really not interested in creating a language for my world, especially having to make up names for the peoples and places. Or drawing maps. Mainly because I'm neither a good linguist nor a good ...
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What would the world map look like if sea levels rose 49 meters

If the sea levels of Earth were to suddenly rise by 49 meters, or 160.7 feet, what would the world map look like?
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Advice on Accuracy of World Map (cont) [closed]

As a continuation of this question. Thanks to the comments in the previous question, we managed to overhaul the map. It's cleaner and more believable, I think. However, there were some new questions ...
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Advice on accuracy of world map

My friend and I are working on a map of a globe. The setting of this universe involve various intelligent animal species divided into 5 clades: Archo (Crocodilians), Avians (Birds), Aquatics (Fish), ...
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Can someone rate and critique my map? [closed]

this is my first time making a map or even world building, I tried to follow as much as i could some YouTube tutorial and created this map. Can someone give me tips and how to improve the map. Thanks! ...
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Where do hydrothermal vents form inside icy ocean worlds?

Context: In a near-future version of our solar system, humans have established multiple underwater colonies on Jupiter's moon Europa. Many of these outposts are situated next to hydrothermal vents ...
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Software for creating a 3D planet [duplicate]

(Sorry for my English, it's not my native language. I use Google translate.) I am looking for one or more software programs to create a sphere in 3D with longitudes, latitudes, etc. I want to be able ...
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Rock layers in Procedural Map Creation

I've been working on a procedural map generator for a strategy game (if I ever get to gameplay). My general development philosophy is "believable but not necessarily realistic", in other words I don't ...
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Is my biome/climate map realistic?

just looking for a quick accuracy check of my continent's biome/climate map. This continent is on a planet much like Earth and it is about the size of Eurasia. It is situated in the southern ...
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do these mountains look to be in realistic locations?

I'm getting into mapmaking, which I enjoy, but some of the specifics of realism still elude me. I know generally how plate tectonics work, but I was hoping to get some help on a specific example. I ...
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What would influence an alien race to map their planet in a way other than the traditional map of the Earth

I was looking through a bunch of different ways we can shape a map of the Earth and it got me thinking. We map out planet as a stretched rectangle with NSEW as Up Down Right Left, with the Equator ...
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How to name places that have multiple names?

When designing a world it is convenient to decide how places will be named: Elements like the continents and the oceans. However, it is likely that the different cultures of the world will not agree ...
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Less boring classifications of earth-like terrain when making maps

When creating a map for a fantasy world, I typically add broad top-level descriptions for terrain. Mountains here, forests there, a river, a swamp etc. Watch any nature documentary, and each terrain ...
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How many towns could a smallish island have? [closed]

So basically for background purposes the story is set on an island so I don't have to deal with the rest of the world. But anyways, it is drawing on nordic and celtic mythology and technology, so ...
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Would a medieval world use the word “trail” to describe a foot path?

I'm in the process of naming some routes and roads in my medieval fantasy themed world, and I want to specify routes that could only be managed on foot. I'm tempted to say trails, but since every body ...
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What is the best digital way to make maps with different projections?

I am trying to make a digital world map (preferably vector graphic but it's definitely not essential) for my planet but I don't know which projection to use and how to go about actually making it. I ...
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How do I calculate the area of a specific place on the map?

Technical question warning ! I'm trying to figure out the size of countries and continents but there is something I do not understand. The map I'm using was made with the equirectangular projection (...
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What are the most useful projection types for my world map?

As my presence on here may imply, I am creating a story, and am currently working on the worldbuilding side of operations. One of the things I am trying to do is get a good map going, as my brain is ...
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Drawing Maps; flat distortion

One of my main problems when it comes to drawing maps is how landmasses get distorted at different points. One of the continents in my story stretches almost to the north pole, but it looked very ...
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Resulting clime of fictional world geography [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story, and I've recently come up with a world map. This probably isn't the final version (I'll probably add some more islands), but this gives me a general idea of where ...
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Can Someone Help Me Determine Plate Divisions?

I have a world designed called Ser. I want to place tectonic plates so that they can explain how the current landmasses formed. Below shows the 6 major continents of the world. As continents are ...
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How Can I Draw a Realistic Topographic Map?

I have a planet I created. I have the water and land boundaries, and I have the important mountain ranges, forests, and deserts defined. Now that I've done this, I want to turn my cartoony world map ...
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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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Does my climate map work?

I'm looking for notes on my climate map for a continent I've mapped out. Does this set up seem plausible. Map (Imgur) [3 Previous question with general planetary conditions edit Don't have time ...
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Biomes and landscaping this odd-shaped planet (part 2)

I'm still working on world map of this pear-shaped planet for my alien race, so I think land-to-water ratio would be something 40/60% or 30/70% (I don't know which one makes creatures much bigger), ...
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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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How would a world with drifting land-masses be mapped/charted for navigation?

Context The world is made of floating islands suspended in the atmosphere. For all intents and purposes, the world doesn't have a solid surface. Due to a magical influence, islands rise from the ...
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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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How to go about creating an “inaccurate” map?

We have a professional cartographer, who travels, creates maps, duplicates them, and sells them to people as he travels. Unfortunately, he is not the best at his job - and he has nothing other than a ...
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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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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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How can I create a map of a rapidly-changing world?

I have a basic setup for my world consisting of about five continents. I know their shapes pretty well, and their positions relative to one another. I also have the basic geography down (this is all ...
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What software is available for map creation?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to build my world, physically. I want to be able to create maps of the entire world and then drill down to individual areas and define the towns and ...
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How do mermaids map ocean currents?

Humans lay road to gain fast access to distant places until aeroplane is invented, I would presume the mermaids living underwater can make use of the strong water current to get around the ocean ...
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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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Roman ancient balloons

Frontinius, while dreaming, was visited by Vulcan. The god showed him a big ball of cloth, flying above Rome, fueled by a fire. Once he woke up, he understood. He built a large bag of cloth, ...