Filed Under (General) by Rob on 26-10-2010

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You see, Africa is a very big place! Some projections of world maps (particularly the Marcator) make Africa look smaller than Greenland, even though it’s around 14 times larger. That’s why I’m a fan of the Peters Projection

One time, a friend contacted me saying “My son’s in South Africa, how easy would it be for him to pop over to Mali for a visit?” I didn’t like to point out that London is actually nearer to Mali than South Africa. It’s a big continent! Oh, and remember this blog post about how the world sees Africa? It is, sadly, a misunderstood continent in many ways.

2 Comments posted on "Africa is bigger than you think!"
Big Al on October 27th, 2010 at 10:40 am #

I agree that the Mercator (sic) projection is misleading but the Peters one also has flaws. It is psarticularly useless for assessing distances (and is also a rip off of the work done by Gail a century earlier).

Danielle on October 28th, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

Wow… Flaws or not, it’s about the prespective for sure. Very cool!