One of the biggest aspects – and certainly most visible – of world building is creating interesting and realistic maps for your world – whatever realistic means for your setting.
Maps and Cartography
- The PALEOMAP Project of Christioher R. Scotese offers a several historical Earth maps; that is, historical in geological timeframes.
- Dr. Ron Blakey offers very beautiful “satellite image” style Paleogeographic Views of Earth History.
- Strange Maps is a website that features strange and unusual maps. These are often – but not always – original ways of looking at our own Earth. It is a great resource not only because of the beautiful maps, but also because it offers unique and new ways of looking at old ideas.
- 3D-Starmaps is a site dedicated to the creation of, well, star maps.
- Fantasy Mapmaking with Photoshop video tutorials.
- The Cartographers’ Guild is awesome for people to share their maps, discuss map-making, and so on. Be sure to sign up for the forums, which is the main part of the site.
- Audio Slideshow: Mapping Africa is pretty interesting and much too short
- Sci Maps – Awesome maps about all kinds of scientific topics.
- PhysicalGeography.net, in their own words, is “an educational web portal that focuses on a specific area knowledge known as Physical Geography. Physical Geography is a sub-discipline of two much larger fields of study – Geography and Earth Sciences. The main purpose of Physical Geography is to explain the spatial characteristics of the various natural phenomena associated with the Earth’s hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere.” Looks very helpful!
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