Map of the day

Source – brilliantmaps

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Mercator Projection Distorts the World

While it?s well known that the Mercator Projection distorts the world, the maps here shows very clearly by how much. Countries close to the equator barely change, whereas countries further north shrink dramatically.

You can see an animation below:

Animation Mercator Vs True Size of Each Country

Finally, the map gives a bar graph to show the relative size of the world?s largest countries:

Mercator Vs True Size of Each Country With List

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