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The True Size of Africa Continued: The Mercator Wars

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:15 AM
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Image Credit: Data Pointed After the poster that was the subject of Mike's popular The True Size and Importance of Africa post was published, it sparked a lot of interest in the distortion caused by the Mercator projection. Many in India and Africa consider it to be a Eurocentric, imperialist relic, since it overemphasizes land masses further from the equator. At Data Pointed, Stephen Von Worley has demonstrated some interesting relationships. Here is how Mercator shows Greenland and Africa, even though Africa is 14 times the size of Greenland.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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