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Turn your world inside-out with antipodes

In geography, an antipode is the exact other side of the world from any given location. When I was a kid, we always used to talk about digging a hole so deep that you’d exit in China. But we foolish Michigan kids didn’t realize that if we really dug an antipodian hole straight down, presuming we survived the magnificent heat of Earth’s core, eventually we’d pop out at the bottom of the southern Indian Ocean and drown.

An antipode world map.

Antipodes can be a fun and engaging teaching mechanism for geography students. It helps us…wrap…our minds around our spherish planet, and it burns some spatial thinking calories. Get ready for some fun conversations in the geography classroom when you break out the antipodes.

This layer is sourced from Natural Earth, and was converted into this antipode version of itself in ArcGIS Pro via this admittedly super-hacky but straightforward process:

Happy Antipoding! John

About the author

I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the ArcGIS Living Atlas team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways and then sharing the process. I also design user experiences for maps and apps. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. You might also like these Styles for ArcGIS Pro:

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