Is greenland really as big as all of africa. This change sidesteps projection issues completely and displays the world as it actually is.
The mercator projection the most commonly used global map projection has a pretty major drawback.
Actual world map real scale. Morrison warned in 1902. The map was an attempt at a compromise between distorting the areas of continents and the angles of coordinate line. Google whose map app is used by approximately 150 million people per month recently took the bold step of overlaying their map onto a globe.
In reality russia canada and antarctica are big but not that big. Putting a 3d planet on a two dim. Landmasses that are closer to the poles look much bigger than they are in real life.
A great tool for educators. The reason why certain countries looks bigger or smaller than others is because of something called the mercator projection. Drag and drop countries around the map to compare their relative size.
The distortion is the result of the mercator map which was created. People s ideas of geography are not founded on actual facts but on mercator s map british cartographer g. But a designer in japan has created a map that s so accurate it s almost as good as a globe and it s probably one of the best estimations you ll see of the real size of countries.
Greenland s projection is no longer the size of africa. You may be surprised at what you find. For starters africa is way bigger than it looks and greenland isn t nearly so vast.
We all know most maps of the world aren t entirely accurate. This exercise is an eye opening look at how this map might have affected our view on the world concerns that were raised as far back as the early 20th century. This attempt at creating a faithful world map took a similar tack to the sinusoidal by pulling out the edges of the map to mimic a sphere.
The robinson isn t as extreme however taking the form of a much more gentle oval. Why every world map you re looking at is wrong. Google maps team.
Take a look at these true size maps that compare the actual real size of different parts of the world. Africa china and india are distorted despite access to accurate satellite data. Once upon a time the human race thought that the earth was flat.
True scale map of the world shows how big countries really are by aristos georgiou on 10 23 18 at 10 54 am edt a mosaic of world countries retaining their correct size and shape.