Google Maps Anomaly: The Poles

Posted by on November 12, 2012
Where's North From Here?

Well, that’s strange.

Why doesn’t Google Maps show the North Pole?

The answer’s actually pretty simple: Our Earth is round, and not effectively represented by a two-dimensional map. Google Maps uses a Mercator projection, flattening the Earth and stretching it horizontally and vertically, as do most 2D maps. Because of this, either pole invariably gets lost in translation.

“…the Mercator projection distorts the size and shape of large objects, as the scale increases from the Equator to the poles, where it becomes infinite.” – Wikipedia, Mercator projection

Yeah, that’s a problem.

But wait! What about Google Earth? That’s spherical…

South Pole On Google Earth
Image: Google Maps


You know, some believe information about the poles is being purposefully suppressed, that there are actually great openings at either pole, into which the oceans flow.

What’s in there? Any number of things: Ultima Thule, Hyperborea, Agharta. An ancient, golden city inhabited by wise and immortal beings. Heck, Olaf Jansen himself claimed to have ventured through those very openings.

Many believe these gateways are being kept secret, hidden from the general public.

Or, perhaps, the old myths are true, and the world’s governments are conspiring to obfuscate the existence of that most dangerous of legends: Santa Claus.

Anything’s possible.


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Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.