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After Seeing This Map With The Actual Size Of Every Country, You’ll Never Look At The World The Same
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After Seeing This Map With The Actual Size Of Every Country, You’ll Never Look At The World The Same

Probably most of us are familiar with the famous saying ‘my whole life was a lie,’ and we hate to tell you that, but it most likely was when it comes to the world map as we know it. Let’s just jump ahead and say there are no conspiracy theories here. It’s just not that simple laying out a globe on a flat piece of paper as in the Mercator map that we are all so familiar with. Good thing this climate data scientist took up the task of educating the masses on country size comparison and put up a map projection that shows real sizes together with those shown in regular maps. Even though his usual routines consist of analyzing various climate data and tracking climate change, geography is something tied closely together with his field of work. And if you follow him on social media, you will notice he has a genuine concern for environment and education, constantly filling his feed with various informational posts and interesting facts. In this particular map, he marked the true objects in the darker color and put them against a regular map so you can see the difference. Take a look at each continent on the planet and one extra treat – a supposedly huge island. Scroll down to see the true sized world map for yourself!

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World Map With True Country Size And Shape

Image credits: Neil Kaye

North America

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Russia

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Europe And Asia

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Africa

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Antarctica

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South America

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Greenland

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Australia

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Jeppe Larsen
Community Member
2 years ago

What a weird and uninformative article. There are many map projections, and this is just the most common one, called the Mercator projection. There is no correct way to turn a sphere into a rectangle.

pebs
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly. I really don't see the point of this post. It's like having discovered hot water, as we say in Italy.

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Stannous Flouride
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2 years ago

When I was a kid in about the 3rd grade (1960-61) one of the cardboard globes in our classroom got damaged and was going to be discarded. I took it home and cut out the countries as best I could (thick cardboard, kids' scissors) and learned the same thing. I find it hard to fathom that anyone who has completed elementary school would be surprised to learn that the Mercator Projection grossly distorted the dimensions of nations.

Poul Winther Knudsen
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, I know people of higher education actually believing the earth is flat!

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Candice Dodson-Gates
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2 years ago

Am I missing some obvious information. Which colour is the true representation and which colour is the commonly understood representation. Is it saying they are bigger or smaller? It's not clear at all!

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

The darker colour shows the true proportions, the pale colour shows how they're represented on our world maps.

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Jeppe Larsen
Community Member
2 years ago

What a weird and uninformative article. There are many map projections, and this is just the most common one, called the Mercator projection. There is no correct way to turn a sphere into a rectangle.

pebs
Community Member
2 years ago

Exactly. I really don't see the point of this post. It's like having discovered hot water, as we say in Italy.

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Stannous Flouride
Community Member
2 years ago

When I was a kid in about the 3rd grade (1960-61) one of the cardboard globes in our classroom got damaged and was going to be discarded. I took it home and cut out the countries as best I could (thick cardboard, kids' scissors) and learned the same thing. I find it hard to fathom that anyone who has completed elementary school would be surprised to learn that the Mercator Projection grossly distorted the dimensions of nations.

Poul Winther Knudsen
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, I know people of higher education actually believing the earth is flat!

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Candice Dodson-Gates
Community Member
2 years ago

Am I missing some obvious information. Which colour is the true representation and which colour is the commonly understood representation. Is it saying they are bigger or smaller? It's not clear at all!

Bunzilla
Community Member
2 years ago

The darker colour shows the true proportions, the pale colour shows how they're represented on our world maps.

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