Yesterday, I read an(other) article about how Mercator maps have been “lying” to us about the sizes of countries and continents. It’s one of many articles written on the topic–often accompanied with a clip from West Wing (you know which one) and a proposal to replace Mercator projection with Gall-Peters. 954 more words
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Across the board, the Mercator projection of the Earth—which has been our baseline for world maps since the 16th century—skews the actual size of countries so they look bigger (and therefore, more important than they are) when they fall within the middle of the Northern Hemisphere.