MAP: The real size of the world will boggle your mind

2017-02-20 15:36 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town -  How large is the world really, when compared to its depiction on a globe and a map? Most people might guess but few would have any idea of the scale of  difference between the two. But if you really want to know the true size of the world, don’t look at an atlas.

This may sound like a conspiracy theory, but the current world map is wrong!

The size and shape of countries and continents are either much bigger or much smaller than you think. Take a look at a map today, and you’re likely to see that North America is larger than Africa, Alaska is larger than Mexico and China is smaller than Greenland, says online booking giant Expedia

But in reality China is four times bigger than Greenland, Africa is three times bigger than North America and Mexico is larger than Alaska.

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How is this so?

According to an infographic put together by Expedia, it’s about math when adapting Earth as a sphere to fit a flat- 2D form. Squashing Earth into a flat image leaves room for untrue alterations. As a result Europe appears larger than South America, a textbook error according to cartographers that maps exaggerate the size of the countries at high latitudes, and shrink places near the equator. 

As a result Africa is a lot bigger than you might think – check out the full details of the Expedia infographic below to see what we’re talking about.

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