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Cartographers Hid Whimsical Images in Maps

автор: Explorersweb
тематики: Extreme News

 

11 Мая, 18:58

Cartographers at one of the most reputable mapping organizations in the world played a secret game for decades, hiding images in their work. Some pictures evaded detection till recently.   The Swiss Federal Office of Topography (Swisstopo) –- the unlikely source of these rogue works — is renowned worldwide for its rigorous proofreading and meticulous accuracy. Swisstopo is the industry benchmark for mapping mountain regions, thanks to their use of aerial photogrammetry and aerial perspective. Their reputation and precision earned them a 1988 commission to draw Mount Everest. Yet behind the scenes, whimsical cartographers indulged in their secret game. The first Illustration discovered was a drawing of a white spider whose spindly legs loomed over an ice field on the North Face of the Eiger. Othmar Wyss drew the exquisite display of rogue cartography in 1980.   The next discovery...

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