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The Size of Countries in Real Life Versus the Size of Countries on a Map

The Size of Countries in Real Life Versus the Size of Countries on a Map

“Maps lie. We all learned this at some point in school, when we realized Greenland wasn’t quite the hulking beast of land mass we thought it was. I mean, Greenland isn’t even a third of the size of Australia. And the UK is teeny! Smaller than Japan, the Philippines, and Madagascar. Come to think of it, all of Europe is way smaller than what we imagine it to be on the map.”

The true size of things on world maps

http://kottke.org/16/07/the-true-size-of-things-on-world-maps

True Size Map

True Size Map

True Size Map

 

One of the most popular map projections of the world is the Mercator projection:

Mercator Projection

It’s useful but misleading in important ways.

Stephen

Posted on: September 16, 2016, 6:28 am Category: Uncategorized

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