The inventors of the handy online tool point out that most maps are based on the mercator projection a schema that distorts the scale of many countries because it enlarges nations as they get farther from the equator while helpful in some cases this doesn t give travelers. For starters africa is way bigger than it looks and greenland isn t nearly so vast.
Take a look at these true size maps that compare the actual real size of different parts of the world.
Scale accurate world map size. Such maps are called large scale because the representative fraction is relatively large. This change sidesteps projection issues completely and displays the world as it actually is. People s ideas of geography are not founded on actual facts but on mercator s map british cartographer g.
Morrison warned in 1902. 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. Greenland s projection is no longer the size of africa.
You may be surprised at what you find. We all know most maps of the world aren t entirely accurate. Drag and drop countries around the map to compare their relative size.
Large scale maps show smaller areas in more detail such as county maps or town plans might. Google maps team. The true size map shows countries as many travelers would say they are meant to be seen.
Anderson oct 17. Is greenland really as big as all of africa. A great tool for educators.
After a lifetime of being lied to by world maps one redditor took matters into his own hands and designed a new global map that shows how big countries really are relative to one another. Narukawa s authagraph world map which he unveiled in 2016 won the coveted grand award of japan s good design award competition beating out over 1 000 entries in a variety of categories his map overcame 2d distortions by angling continents in a way that accurately displays both their relative sizes and the distances between them. 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.
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. In their true relative sizes. For instance a town plan which is a large scale map might be on a scale of 1 10 000 whereas the world map which is a small scale map might be on a scale of 1.
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. Finally a truly to scale map of the world l v. And it is very hard to get an accurate depiction of what the world actually looks like.