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Maps that will change your view of the world forever

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Scientists to this day have not come to a single opinion how to correctly reflect the relief of a spherical planet on a flat sheet of paper. It's like drawing a card on a mandarin, peeling off and trying to squash it into a rectangle. It is clear that the regions close to the "poles" will have to be greatly stretched.

We all use the projection of Gerard Mercator, but it has a drawback: the closer islands and countries are to the poles, the more they seem. The site thetruesize.com is created so that we can better represent the real dimensions ratio on the map.

The true size of Greenland

The true size of the countries on the map

First, look at Greenland. A big island, is not it? Almost like South America. But when Greenland moves to the latitude of the USA, it can be seen that it is not that big. And when transferring to the equator it is completely clear that this is just an island, and not a giant island.

But what would have happened, was Australia in the breadth of Russia and Europe

It seems that Australia is small. First, it is close to the equator, secondly - it is distant from other continents and there is nothing to compare it with. But look at these cards.

The true size of the countries on the map
The true size of the countries on the map

Notice how the shape of Australia changed when moving to the North. This is because part of it is located behind the Arctic Circle, that is, very close to the pole, and is stretched out on the projection.

But the USA (without Alaska) in comparison with Australia. As it turned out, they are almost the same in size

The true size of the countries on the map

Mexico, it turns out, is a fairly large country

The true size of the countries on the map

But the real size of the most mysterious continent is Antarctica

The true size of the countries on the map

What about the true size of Russia?

The true size of the countries on the map

Russia is not only the largest country, but also the most northern one. That's why on the map it looks like just a giant, which is even larger than many continents. But by transferring Russia to the equator, we will see that it has decreased by a factor of two or three.

And this is how the dimensions of Alaska gradually change as they move to the equator

The true size of the countries on the map

So would China look if it were a northern country like Canada

The true size of the countries on the map

India in comparison with Russia and the US is not so small as it seems

The true size of the countries on the map

If the Democratic Republic of the Congo were in Europe, there would be almost no place for other countries

The true size of the countries on the map

All countries on the African continent seem to be small. It's all because they are located on the equator. Look at how the Republic of the Congo has covered almost half of the US and most of Europe.

The largest African countries in the breadth of Russia

The true size of the countries on the map

Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Sudan, Libya and Chad are quite large countries, but usually this is not visible due to their situation. But in fact, if these five countries are "blinded" together, they will be almost the same as Russia in terms of area.

We will locate the six largest countries along the equator. Now they are on equal terms

The true size of the countries on the map

Russia, of course, is still huge, but not such a supergiant as it seems, being in its latitudes. And here you can see how great Australia is.

Other existing cartographic projections, with which scientists are trying to solve the problem of plausible images of the Earth's relief.

The Galla-Peters projection

The true size of the countries on the map

Projection of Wagner

The true size of the countries on the map

Projection Hood

The true size of the countries on the map