Since they have many parallel edges, cutting and folding these icosahedral “globes” is relatively easy. However, please read the generic assembly tips before beginning. Before choosing a map, see the notes on size and resolution. You also might learn something about icosahedral and polyhedral maps in general.

Notice: do not confuse icosahedral maps projected using the
Fisher/Snyder and
polyhedral gnomonic projections
with Buckminster Fuller's
*Dymaxion*™
maps — see them compared.
You can purchase high-quality Dymaxion maps at the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Fisher/Snyder's equal-area projection on an icosahedron, AVHRR Pathfinder (original satellite imagery by Dave Pape,
(http://resumbrae.com, dead link as of 2012), poles on faces,
(1535 KB PDF) | |

Fisher/Snyder's equal-area projection on an icosahedron, flat-colored, poles on vertices, (978 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, topography and bathymetry color-coded (original data by NASA's Blue Marble Next Generation project), poles on vertices, (2476 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, flat colors, poles on vertices, (1175 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, black&white, poles on vertices, (732 KB PDF) |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, flat-colored (75 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, black-and-white (63 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, exaggerated topographic relief; original digital elevation model: USGS's GTOPO30 (510 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, composited topographic relief, digital elevation model by USGS (1939 KB PDF) | |

Ditto, color-reduced (762 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on edges, original satellite imagery: NASA's Blue Marble (853 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces, black and white - paint it yourself (74 KB PDF) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces, color-coded topography, original elevation data by USGS's EROS Data Center (201 KB PDF) |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, flat-colored (38 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, AVHRR Pathfinder data by Dave Pape, resumbrae.com (171 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, black & white - paint it yourself (33 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on vertices, exaggerated relief - topographic data by the USGS (214 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on edges, flat-shaded (42 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on edges, black & white (36 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on edges, AVHRR Pathfinder data by Dave Pape, resumbrae.com (173 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on edges (160 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces (43 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces, topographic relief data by the USGS (205 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces, AVHRR Pathfinder data by Dave Pape, resumbrae.com (171 KB) | |

Gnomonic projection on an icosahedron, poles on faces, black & white (37 KB) |

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