Facit vs AFA Specialist catalogues for Denmark?

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Re: Facit vs AFA Specialist catalogues for Denmark?

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Greenland = Kalaallit Nunaat = Grønland

I have been developing my Greenland collection recently, and I've been
appreciating the Stampboards posts relevant to Greenland, and Nordic
philately
in general.

I would like to share some geographic information about Greenland
a less familiar map perspective to change our understanding about the
size and relative position of the country/island. We might know that it is
in fact the "largest island" in the world (depending somewhat technically
on what is an island and what is a continent), but this map really does
clarify and reinforce that description:

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Although Iceland is much smaller than Greenland, note how big it is in absolute
terms, and how relatively "close" it is to Greenland.

And what do you know about nearby Baffin Island? It's an amazingly large island,
politically part of Canada.

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From Wikipedia I learn that the Inuit name for Baffin Island is Qikiqtaaluk.
The details, including pronunciation in IPA = International Phonetic Alphabet:
Inuktitut: ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ, Qikiqtaaluk IPA: [qikiqtaːluk]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baffin_Island

And that's not all. Look at the large island northwest of Greenland.
That's Ellesmere Island, Inuktitut: Umingmak Nuna, meaning "land of muskoxen",
part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellesmere_Island

Here is another projection, showing the whole world:

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Amongst the strikingly obvious visual information in that map
is the clear demonstration of just how big the Pacific Ocean is,
and after that the Indian Ocean. The Atlantic Ocean, both North
and South, is relatively "small". Again, Australia really is "big",
and New Zealand really is "far away" from all the other larger
land masses, even including Australia. (However, this projection
has the effect of increasing relative distance towards its outer
boundary, so make allowance for that.)

/RogerE :D

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Antarctica and Polar Philately

Stamp collectors who specialise in Polar Philately are probably
very familiar with the geographical perspective presented by
the maps in my previous post.

For those of us less familiar with that viewpoint, here's a
complementary view of the world from the South Pole:

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The stamps of the Australian Antarctic Territory make Australian
collectors quite familiar with the shape of Antarctica (as I'm sure
collectors of the British Antarctic Territory and others will also be).
However, the relative location and sizes of other land masses, and the
adjacent oceans, are eye-openers provided by this map.

Notice that the Antarctic Circle very neatly encloses the continent.
Notice too that Antarctica and South America are relatively close, and seem
to "reach out" to each other. Perhaps someone with expert knowledge of the
details of continental drift and/or palaeontology can tell us whether this is
no accident...

Another less familiar map provides a sense of scale:

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/RogerE :D

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The map of Antarctica with Australia and NZ superimposed is very interesting - thanks for posting

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Post by RogerE »

Thanks Somerset. Yes, overlaid maps put our preconceptions to the
test. They also convey information with a directness and immediacy
not usually offered by written sources.

Remembering that my map posts were motivated to show the
relative size of Greenland (and incidentally to bring some polar
geography
into fresh perspective), here are some more overlay
comparisons of Greenland with other more familiar maps
(includiung one showing a rotated Greenland for better "fit"):

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I can't resist adding two more comparisons involving Australia.
The first compares it with the 48 contiguous states of USA:

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The second is the same comparison, with the addition of Germany and England,
Scotland and Wales
(the map caption "U.K." is incorrect, because Northern Ireland
is not shown; it also says "America", which is overstatement for 48 states of USA; also
the relative sizes on this superimposition are rather less reliable):

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Apologies for the quality of the images, but I think they suffice to convey the
size comparisons effectively.

/RogerE :D

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Re: Facit vs AFA Specialist catalogues for Denmark?

Post by ekbustad »

phos45 wrote:NK catalog is available in PDF on ebay for 20$.
I can't find it there, but if such is available, is it authorized or pirated?

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