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What's the best way to get a globe map of the South Pacific?

July 08 2007 | 0 comments
Categories: Cartographic Effects

I would like to recreate the "globe map" (The World from Space projection) from the Oregon Earthquakes map but centered on the South Pacific. I tried using the Data&Maps collection data, but I always ended up with the map centered on North America.

What's the best way to get a globe map of the South Pacific.

Any help/tips greatly appreciated.

Mapping Center Answer:

Once you’ve got the Data and Maps data in your data frame, set the coordinate system to The World From Space.

Before you click OK on the data frame properties, click the Modify button on the Coordinate System tab.

In the parameters list, you will want to change the Longitude of Center to something like -160, which will center the projection roughly on the Pacific Ocean; you should fuss with that to get it exactly where you want it.

Then, change the Latitude of Center to be something negative, try -22.5. That will ‘tip’ the world so you’re looking ‘up’ at it from the bottom.

Apply those changes, and your display should be in the ballpark.

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