This change sidesteps projection issues completely and displays the world as it actually is. As people become more accustomed to equal area maps and seeing the earth in its spherical form misconceptions about the size of continents may become a thing of the.
You may be surprised at what you find.
Real size world map real scale. Putting the two countries side by side helps make that clear. Google maps team. With america at 3 796 742 mi and australia at 2 969 907 mi we re just a meager 828 835 mi larger than the island.
Though there are around 40 types of map projections from conical to polyhedral and retroazimuthal depicting the true size maps this one is still used the most because of its convenience and simplicity. We all know most maps of the world aren t entirely accurate. Cartographers have unveiled a new map of the world which shows the size of the continents more accurately.
And none of these projections can be titled the real world map just because they all depict the same earth through a different lens. As a representation of the world maps are compressed versions of the real world meaning that a large piece of land is recreated onto a smaller piece of paper or digital file. Is greenland really as big as all of africa.
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. A great tool for educators. Drag and drop countries around the map to compare their relative size.
For starters africa is way bigger than it looks and greenland isn t nearly so vast. Popular youtube science channel vsauce did a detailed video explaining this which in short says. People s ideas of geography are not founded on actual facts but on mercator s map british.
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. The relationship between the real world size of a geographic feature and its representative feature on a map is known as scale. 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.
The new projection is called equal earth and is designed to represent the relative sizes. Greenland s projection is no longer the size of africa. Eye opening true size map shows the real size of countries on a global scale.
The popular map format we ve adopted almost everywhere is good at mimicking the shape of land masses but is pretty loose when it comes to an actual scale. The problem comes when you try to put a 3d planet on a two dimensional map.