Posts Tagged ‘maps’

The true size of Africa

October 26, 2010

Interesting map created by Kai Krause to illustrate what he calls ‘immappancy’ – like illiteracy but a lack of geographical knowledge – caused partly by the way the standard Mercator maps we’ve grown up with give us a distorted view of reality.  Here he demonstrates how Africa is actually larger than the landmasses of the US, China, India, Japan and all of Europe combined.

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While I’ve known for a long time that the classic world map is distorted, this really brings the scale of that distortion home for the first time.  And makes me feel small and ignorant, which is no bad thing.