Maps that will change your view of the world forever
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
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.
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
What about the true size of Russia?
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.
If the Democratic Republic of the Congo were in Europe, there would be almost no place for other countries
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
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
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.