Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries

Google Maps Anomalies: The Poles

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.

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.


  1. Well, yeah. They CAN take good shots everywhere else. Is it wrong to be curious about the fact that a good shot of the north pole isn’t provided?

  2. Simple answer! Hmm!! No pics, No Google earth, No commercial airline flights over poles, No trespassing Keep out!! Truth is stranger then fiction! Wonder what that truth might be?? Simple? I doubt it!!

  3. That is completely incorrect made up conclusion . Screen shots from old google earth show the North Pole with the ice sheet? Completely as the old maps show the artic circle.

  4. Irony:
    the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

  5. I had a photograph of the south pole of the moon.It was as if some giant had sawed a gigantic deep square out of the pole.What was interesting the lines of the cuts intersected and passed beyond the length and width.Instead of stopping when they met.The north pole had the same deep cut at the pole.It was is if they were made so as to pull the moon from some where else

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