You will never look at a map of the world in the same way again after seeing the truth about the size of some countries.
Maps of the world are warped in certain ways to mimic the way the world is shaped, but this results in some countries being mis-represented in terms of their size.
Greenland is often depicted as being a huge, northerly country nearly as big as the U.S, but look at when it is moved downwards in realtion to other counrties.
If Australia was placed over Europe, there wouldn’t be many other countries left, being far away from many other land masses it’s often hard to comprehend it’s size.
When in place of Russia, the shape of Australia changes due to its position in the Arctic Circle making it stretched.
And look at Australia in terms of the size of America, they’re practically the same size.
Mexico in reality is a lot bigger than you imagined, when moved away from it’s giant neighbour, North America.
Antartica, an often overlooked continent shows off it’s gigantic size when compared with other countries.
Because of it’s Northern position, Russia looks massive on most maps, but something interesting happens when it is moved to the equator.
The large state of Alaska becomes much smaller as it is moved towards the equator.
China becomes even bigger when it is moved to a Northerly position.
India is yet another country whose size is often hidden due to it’s position on the equator.
The Democratic Congo, a country tucked away in Africa is bigger than many U.S states put together and nearly as big as Europe.
And look at the size of these other African countries compared to the size of Russia.
Here are the 6 largest countries placed along the equator for perspective.
The problem of depicitng a countries size due to the Earth’s curved surface has provided many problems for cartographers. Here are some different depictions.
The Gall-Peters projection
The Wagner IV projection
The Goode homolosine projection
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