You’ve been snapped!! by: Dana Allen - False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
These stunning pictures captures the moment a great white shark leaps out of the water clutching a seal in its mouth.The amazing picture of the great white was taken by Dana Allen, 50, in False Bay, off Cape Town in South Africa. The photographer captured the shark in mid-air hovering above the water with a ‘fake’ seal in its mouth. Mr Allen’s team spent three days trying to set up the amazing shots by using a rubber ‘decoy’ seal to tempt the sharks out. by: Leon Watson
A truly important and revolutionary map, the ‘Carte de France Corrigée’ or the ‘Corrected Map of France’, 1693.
This is the map made by Jean Picard and Phillipe de la Hire over the course of three years. It was the first attempt to map an entire country using triangulataion and was extraordinarily accurate. Somewhat cheekily the cartogrophers drew the map over the traditional outline of France before presenting it to King Louis XIV who upon seeing his kingdom reduced by 150,000 square km joked the mappers had “brought him nothing but loss.”
The map was a precursor for the Carte de Cassini shown here in a wonderfull interactive map. The Cassini map has been described as one of the most important maps in history. The first scientific survey of a country, it allowed the people of the countryside to look at an image and say ‘that is france, and I am french’. To a certain extent it was the beginning of nationalism.
Sources: A history of the world in 12 maps by Jerry Brottom. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carte_de_Cassini