What’s on the Other Side of the Water?

Sitting on the Chesapeake Bay’s Western Shore watching the sunset, the water seems to go on forever. Where is that sun going? What’s on the other side of the water? Don’t we all wonder?

The easy answer from Crisfield, Maryland, where the picture above was taken, is Smith Island. But the Washington Post’s wonks took the answer further. What if you’re sitting on an ocean beach? This map shows where the ‘other side of the ocean’ actually is.

Map by Eric Odenheimer, courtesy Washington Post Wonkblog
Map by Eric Odenheimer, courtesy Washington Post Wonkblog

It may seem odd, because the earth is round and there’s no easy way to draw a straight line to the next continent.

Cartographer Andy Woodruff took a look at the situation and went more literal. If you’re sitting on the beach, you’re not likely to be looking straight across. The shore is not a straight line. So Woodruff drew a map based on actual shore lines and taking the curve of the Earth into account.

This map was created by cartographer Andy Woodruff
This map was created by cartographer Andy Woodruff

Depending on which map you’re going with, that’s the beach on the other side of the world from where you’re sitting on our U.S. beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

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