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 tag is a good fit. Note: This tag is about creating maps of physical features, not creating the physical features themselves nor using the maps for navigation. For that see the geography tag or navigation tag..

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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 ...
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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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