The Serret oceanic planisphere


How to represent the world ocean map ?

Our planet is covered at 70% by water. Yet, the flat representations of our spherical planet trend to favor the view of the continents (except Antarctic), distorting or cutting the ocean. So, circumnavigation (around the world) representation can be stopped on the left side of a map and be started again on the right side.Over all, unlike the continents which really are different entities, all these maps blok off there are not three either five continents, but there is a single global ocean.

The goal is to build AN OCEANIC PLANISPHERE showing the 'oceans of the world' as a continuous and united one.

Caracteristics :

The method consists in keeping the continuity of the world ocean to the detriment of the continents, mainly the American continent cut and relegated to the peripheral. It’s an elliptical marine planisphere, for instance with an 'equivalent' representation (which preserves the surfaces). The poles of the map are not any more at 90° north and south latitude, but are at about 52°south 70°west (closed to the Horn cape) and on the opposite at 52°north 110°est (closed to the Baikal lake). The limits are on one side the Bering Strait (to keep the whole surface of the Arctic), and on the other side the Andes mountains (to keep the whole surface of the Pacific). In this case, the « pound » center is located at about 40°south 85°west (closed to the Amsterdam and Saint Paul islands).

Some possible applications of this Atlas of the World Ocean:

Magellan and the great discoveries Transport in the ocean :
 - sailing races,
 - merchant fleet management,
 - the great discoveries,
 - ...
Oceanic conveyor belt Dynamic of the ocean :
 - oceanic conveyor belt,
 - variations of ocean temperatures,
 - marine weather forecast,
 - ...
Tectonic plates Study of seabed :
 - tectonic plates, sea-floor spreading,
 - tsunami spreading,
 - ...
Locating whales Locating maritime wildlife and flora :
 - whales,
 - plankton,
 - pollution,
 - ...