Here is a global map in the form of an orange peel, also called gores (see attachment pangaeagores.jpg).
I want to make a UV sphere that I can unwrap to match the map. The sphere has 12 longitudinal rings. I’m not sure how I need to mark the seams, though. I am, you can tell by my presence, a mere n00b. Having a bit of a time with the selection process…eh, halp?
Fort Worth, Texas
P.S. The Dymaxion Map of Buckminster Fuller (see attachment Dymaxion Map.jpg) would also be an interesting project to map onto a sphere.