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.
But there are many other resources on this such as:
- Vox Video: Why all world maps are wrong (one of my favourites)
- Video: Why Most World Maps Are Wrong
- Video: Why Every World Map You’re Ever Read Is Wrong
- and the excellent, visually interactive website: TheTrueSize.com
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.