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.
- Greenland’s real area is comparable to the Democratic Republic of the Congo‘s area alone.
- Africa appears to be roughly the same size as South America when in reality Africa is over one and a half 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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