The true size of countries on a world map – more on Mercator

We’ve known for some time now how the Mercator Projection distorts land masses and the sizes of countries further from the Equator. You’ve probably all seen the humorous portrayal on West Wing. I even wrote a post featuring the Google Doodle for Mercator’s birthday. But somehow, I missed this excellent VisualCapitalist post about it, so I’m bringing it to you now.

from VisualCapitalist

But there are many other resources on this such as:

I use this as a jumping off point for a lesson on viewing the world from different perspectives, using a series of very different world maps. Contact me if you’re interested.

The true size of countries on a world map – more on Mercator
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