What else are they teaching in school that isn’t accurate?

The Mercator projection exaggerates areas far from the equator.

Examples of size distortion

  • Greenland appears the same size as Africa when in reality Africa’s area is 14 times as large.
  • Alaska appears to be the same size as Australia, although Australia is actually 4.5 times as large.
    • Alaska also takes as much area on the map as Brazil, whereas Brazil’s area is nearly 5 times that of Alaska.
  • Madagascar and Great Britain look about the same size, while Madagascar is actually more than twice as large as Great Britain.
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