Our Maps Are Screwed Up

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Because a flat map is basically a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional object, a few details have to be flubbed to get everything to work.  We call this the Mercator projection and, although it does work and it’s what everyone is used to, it actually distorts the shape of the earth, shrinking everything at the equator and expanding and distorting everything towards the poles.   This is what America would look like on a Mercator map if its position was changed.

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Likewise, if Canada were moved to where America is, you would see the nation actually get smaller on a map.

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Here’s Australia placed where Europe is.

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Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and, on a Mercator map, it looks enormous.

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But when Alaska is moved down to where the other 48 states are…

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And if Texas was moved up to Alaska…

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On a Mercator map, Antarctica is a massive icy wasteland, but if it were moved to the equator, it’s a lot more humble.

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If you move America across the Atlantic, you can see why London and Paris get so chilly in the winter… they would be nNorth of the Canadian border!

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You can move the UK all around the world on the same latitude and get the same surprising results.

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Move the UK up to Greenland and it becomes huge!   On the equator, it’s a teeny tiny island.

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Greenland, by that same token, goes from being huge to a more humble island.

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Here’s California over the UK.

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America vs. Australia

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Here’s what happens to Colorado when it’s longitude is moved.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo may look small, but…

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As a matter of fact, here are Africa’s five largest nations on America.

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And here are the largest nations in the world on the equator.

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Jason Donner

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  • Zachary Se’Ale

    my life is a lie XD