The Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection presented by the Flemish geographer and cartographer, Gerardus Mercator. It became the standard map projection for nautical purposes because of its ability to represent lines of constant course, known as rhumb lines or loxodromes, as straight segments that conserve the angles with the meridians. But it's not as accurate as you might think. Now it's time to draw new lines of the world's countries! 😈
The 'Mercator Projection,' which is one of the world's most widespread maps and what many of us think of when we hear the word World, is as misleading as it is widespread.
Turkey in the U.S.
Turkey's true size compared to European countries.
The U.S. almost covers all of Europe.
Comparison of China and Canada. Although it is actually big, we can see that Canada looks much bigger because it's on the top.
Comparison of Canada and Turkey.
The true size of Greenland, which looks almost as big as Africa.
These are the European countries that can easily fit in Turkey. Netherlands (yellow), Belgium (orange), Czech (red), and Denmark (pink).
Yes, Antarctica is big, but not as big as half the world like on the map! Here is a comparison to America.
Here is how big Germany and England are.
Norway! It's not that big.
Ecuador, which looks tiny on the map, is almost as big as Germany.
This is a country that we think is tiny because it's on the edge of the map, but is not really that small: New Zealand!