What Earth would look like with its oceans and landmasses swapped

Illustration for article titled What Earth would look like with its oceans and landmasses swapped

This is the map we've all dreamed of seeing. It's a depiction of Earth in which its primary geological features have been inverted, showcasing a planet with a sprawling landmass that extends across two-thirds of its surface.

We've featured the work of Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway (aka Mygrapefruit on DeviantART) before, including her incredible re-imagining of 29 of history's most iconic scientists in one photograph. But this one is quite jaw-dropping.

The image can be a bit disconcerting. It's difficult to not see the oceans as continents. But a closer look uncovers the Great Lakes Islands, a huge Pacific landmass pock-marked with small lakes (including the Hawaiians), and a very strange peninsula stretching from the East into the Africa Sea — not to mention the freaky and massive Hudson's Bay peninsula.

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Sanna also created a version of our inverted world at night:

Illustration for article titled What Earth would look like with its oceans and landmasses swapped

Be sure to check out Sanna's webpage.

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Ron Miller

This is very cool indeed! But I find myself wondering what happened to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge... It looks very much as though Dullaway more or less made up the topography of the new continents, which is kind of a shame.

By the way, inverting the map top to bottom makes it a lot easier to see the oceans as oceans and the continents as continents.