A great tool for educators. The new projection is called equal earth and is designed to represent the relative sizes.
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.
World map actual size. You may be surprised at what you find. This change sidesteps projection issues completely and displays the world as it actually is. 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.
Is greenland really as big as all of africa. Drag and drop countries around the map to compare their relative size. Cartographers have unveiled a new map of the world which shows the size of the continents more accurately.
Google maps team. 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. New world map depicts continents true to their actual size the three cartographers created the equal earth map in response to public schools in boston adopting another map the gall peter map.
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. We all know most maps of the world aren t entirely accurate.
It s based on the 500 year old mercator projection presented by one gerardus mercator you probably stared at this particular projection of the world everyday in your geography class. Morrison warned in 1902. As a result the closer you get to the poles the more distorted the map becomes and the bigger things look relative to their actual size.
People s ideas of geography are not founded on actual facts but on mercator s map british cartographer g. 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. For starters africa is way bigger than it looks and greenland isn t nearly so vast.
Thus it is that we ve all got stuck with maps of the world which show africa 30 4mkm 2 as basically the same size as greenland 2 2mkm 2 rather than a whole order of magnitude bigger. Putting the two countries side by side helps make that clear.