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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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 ...
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Underground Terrain Types / Biomes / Agriculture

I'm creating a fantasy-world generator. So far I've got it generating a reasonably good surface map, complete with terrain, cities, and borders. Here's a link for anybody who wants to try it: https://...
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World Map - How can I tell if the Ecosystems are realistic?

I'm trying to create a world map for my fantasy novel. My problem is that I love designing things, and I'm finding myself bogged down with figuring out how desert A got where it is, and how plain B's ...
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Creating a “Zelda: Breath of the Wild”–style topographic map?

One of my favourite aspects of world building is creating maps and I've done a few in various styles over the years ranging from traditional hand drawn style fantasy maps to more realistic satellite ...
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What would the star chart be like if earth had a ring?

Recently, I've seen those pictures showing what Earth would be like if it had rings, and that made me wonder, what would the sky map be like? This ring would appear as a fixed object (pretty much as ...
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Star System/Galactic Map Creator?

I was wondering how people generated star maps/galactic maps for their world, I've been struggling to find any tools. Thanks!
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Tips for Improving a Fictional Map's Coastlines

So I've created a map of a fictional world using the guidelines established in the Creating a Realistic World Series. However, like all creative endeavors, the first few (hundred) maps are not going ...
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A Clear Map of Lake Makgadikgadi [closed]

In prehistoric times, the Makgadikgadi pans were part of the largest lake Africa has ever seen. Covering 250,000 square kilometers (96,500 square miles), it was far larger than present-day Lake ...
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Is there a method of generating a simulated region of a world with bathymetry?

I would like to generate a relief map of a portion of imaginary world which would be about the size of Europe. I do not want to define the outline of land masses or bathymetry myself; I want the ...
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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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“Globe to draw on” software?

Looking for a desktop application that lets me draw on a sphere with my mouse, which I find very much needed for geography on a whole planet. With a world grid and showing coordinates and all, ...
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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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Which map projection would result in an accurate visual depiction of a mega crater?

Would a large, I mean large, impact crater on a spherical world be noticeably distorted on maps using different projections? Eg mercator, hanmer-aitoff, equidistant Etc. Side question - Would there ...
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How can the entire universe be mapped?

Inspired by Mapping the far side of the galaxy, I wondered how it would be possible to create a real-time map of the entire universe. As that question dealt with the issue of a one-time travel to the ...
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Mapping the far side of the galaxy

Humans got a one time ticket to the other side of the galaxy, traveling $2r$ in just a few days (where $r$ is the distance from earth to the super massive black hole: 28,000 lightyears) The stars we ...
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How can I do programmatic generation of fantasy maps?

I found this twitter bot https://twitter.com/unchartedatlas posting maps that look like they came from a pulp fantasy novel. Any idea on how they are done?
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What software can I use to map my universe?

I have a sketched picture of my galaxy and I would like this to be electronic. This way I can access it from anywhere (tablet/laptop etc). I have tried looking at Word or Excel, but they are just not ...
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How far can one see off into the distance when up high? [closed]

This may seem like a strange question but when I am running pen and paper campaigns and the party enters a new area from somewhere high up (like a mountain overlooking a city) I am always unsure about ...
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How To Create Your World WITHOUT Building From Scratch

I know that there are many questions about where to go to actually build your own world, where you can actually be your own god, totally visualizing your world's geography, geology and climate. But ...
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Map generator for big world

There are several programs available that will generate a random map of an Earth-sized planet, complete with a choice of projections from sphere to 2-D representation. Are there any available that ...
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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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The cardinal directions on a flat world? [closed]

This is a simple question. What would a civilization on a flat world call the directions on a compass?
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Is there any planet modelling software?

I am searching for a software capable of creating any planet ( like universe sandbox) with the ability of shaping the landscape and adding tags to any coordinates I wish to in order to represent ...
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How to create accurate map with white spaces?

Several times I had idea for a medieval-like world where the people living on the planet did not discover all the world yet. I know the first two steps: Create a map of whole world, for worldbuilder'...
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Looking for a map of mythological Ancient Greece [closed]

Does anyone know of a decent, detailed map of ancient Greece? I'm writing a series using Greek myth as a springboard, but I'm having a hard time on Google finding anything useful.
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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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Is it possible to change the ocean levels after blowing up a continental land bridge?

I am somewhat new to worldbuilding so forgive me if I am not as clear as I could be. I have created a continent, but for relate-ability sake, imagine the US and Mexico, but where the Yucatan ...
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Kingdom creation calculations

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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Architectural encoding of maps

Picture a band of explorers deep underground in huge dwarven underground complex they have been exploring for what to most of them feels like an eternity. They come to hub like chamber with a dozen or ...
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How to make a planet map?

I have to make a map for two planets. For booth two I already have an idea about what they look like, but I don't know how to draw them. They don't need to be really clear, however they should make ...
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What software can help me render a planet . . . from space?

So, I'd like to make a rendering of my world to see what it would look like from outer space. I have the map drawn up, and the various features (mostly) designed. Think about it like taking a series ...
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What would the Mercator projection look like if the north pole were in a different spot like in Hapgood's Planet? [closed]

This scenario is based on the out-of-date Earth crust displacement theory of Charles Hapgood. Before the theory of plate tectonics was accepted, he said that the poles physically moved over millions ...
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How can I create a map of an underground city?

This question is, like How long will it take to form a new dialect and language in underground steampunk London?, part of an experiment I'm conducting on Worldbuilding. I'm temporarily switching gears ...
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In a World of islands floating in the air how would people navigate?

We are creating a world of floating islands, these vary in size from small outposts that are little more than a Dock and Watchtower, through independent farmsteads, to full Nations in which the ...
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Can I map the location of my convenient store inside a wormhole?

Set in the distance future probably a type 3 civilization on a Kardashev scale, I plan to setup multiple chain of convenient stores at many wormholes where there are heavy traffics, how can I create ...
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What are mapping or diagramming techniques that would be valuable to someone mapping a planetary system?

Basically, it's a question about creating maps or diagrams. In particular, we on Earth are used to maps showing variation over distance & location. The problem with space that is everything is ...
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Default map projection

A lot of people making maps for their worlds forget to consider the projection they are using when they start mapping but often need to deal with the issue later. If no projection is chosen, I usually ...
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How to navigate without magnetism?

Suppose a team of explorers touched down on an Earth-like planet which do not generate its own magnetic field and there are always a thick layer of cloud covering the sky at all time. My question is ...
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Mapping a fantasy/horror building where rooms overlap

A group of people have stumbled into one of those classic fantasy/horror houses where the usual rules of space don't seem to apply and is very confusing. Bits of the building appear to overlap with ...
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Graphically represent (map) multiple spatial dimentions

I would like to create a 3D map that can represent a universe with more than 3 spatial dimensions. The humans who use the map can only normally interact with 3 dimensions (and time) but in my world ...
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How would you create a map based upon scent (or other senses)?

Human's primary sense is sight. Therefore our maps include icons designed to represent various sights. Scale maps include reference scales and accurately represent to the distance between the visual ...
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Making the Marauder's Map: Can I make a map that changes?

Those familiar with the Harry Potter series may be familiar with the Marauder's Map, a map that allows the holder to see where people are at any given time. It displays a person as a set of footprints ...
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How could bird people map the air?

For sentient avians, knowing the location and behavior of currents in the air would be vitally important. Jet streams, thermals, downdrafts, and shear layers would all be important in their daily ...
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Encrypting maps

Encrypting texts is a very old technique, which is known already from the time of the Romans, if not earlier. Now a simple text cypher is easily done with low-tech means, as long as those trying to ...
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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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How can I indicate a third dimension on a map of outer space?

I'm working on a map of several star systems (with the stars, planets, etc. not to scale with the map), and I'd like to show that they don't all lie in the same plane. Some orbits are perpendicular to ...
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What tools can I use to draw a battle map?

I want to draw a battle map for the cover of my book. By battle map I mean an image like this: What tools can I use in order to draw such map easily?
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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, ...