The World Map You See Is Dead Wrong. Learn Why Here!

>> More DIY Ideas <<

World Map

This is the world map we usually see. What I want to tell you today is that this is map is actually wrong, or at least misleading.

It is drawn with the Mercator Projection method invented in the fifteenth century. The size and shape of the countries on the map is drastically distorted in some areas on the map.

mercator projection map

The reason for the distortion is a bit complex, but I will make it simple with an analogy. Our Earth is roughly spherical. If you skin the surface of the Earth and lay the skin flat as you do with an orange, you will realize that the flat skin is not rectangular, but close to something like the following with the Winkel Tripel Projection.

Winkel Tripel Projection

To force the skin to be a rectangle, Mercator Projection is used to make the length of the circles of latitude the same. Here is an illustration of the distortion with the Tissort’s Indicatrix. The Circles in this map is the same size if there is no Mercator Projection distortion.

Tissot Indicatrix

Here are a few major misconceptions based on this Mercator Projection map:

  • Alaska is nearly as large as the continental U.S.
  • Greenland is roughly the same size as Africa.
  • Europe (excluding Russia) is only a bit larger than South America.
  • Antarctica dwarfs all the continents.

In reality:

  • Alaska can fit inside the continental U.S. about three times.
  • Greenland can fit inside Africa about 14 times.
  • South America nearly doubles Europe’s land mass.
  • Antarctica looks like the second-smallest continent.

Here is an animation to show you more straightforward change due to Mercator Projection.

>> More DIY Ideas <<

>> Low Cost Craft Supplies <<

Get New Posts Right To Your Inbox!

Get captivating new Tutorials, just like this one, delivered right to your inbox each day. Just sign up and we will send you the best new tutorials as they come in. Your email address will NEVER been spammed, sold, or shared. You are welcome to unsubscribe at any time with the link in the email.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *