Hopefully we’re all clear at this stage that Africa is not a country. But even though more and more people from outside the continent are recognizing how large Africa is (54 countries, population +1.2 Billion) and how diverse it is culturally and geographically, many of us don’t realize the sheer size of Africa as compared to other continents and some countries. According to CNN, the Mercator projection, popularly used as a template for Google Maps and several atlases, has a few inaccuracies.
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So it turns out many of the world’s proportions are mis-represented on possibly every map you’ve ever seen or studied. Understandably, trying to plot land masses from a sphere onto a flat surface will result in some inaccuracies, but many believe there to be a western bias in representing Europe and the Americas as larger than other continents.
What do you think? Are you surprised?
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