The world, or our Earth rather, is extremely vast and expansive. We might think that we have a pretty good idea as to how big the world is from Geography class, but it might actually surprise you.
Looking at a map of the world you might not realize that some of the smaller countries are much bigger than they appear, and the same goes for the countries that appear to be big. The map does not give us an accurate reading of the actual size of the continents because of something called the Mercator Projection.
The Mercator Projection came about when geographers had a difficult time putting a 3D planet on a two-dimensional map. Flemish geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator came up with a solution for this issue when he designed a map that could be used for navigation. However, there was one downside to his solution; his map would be an accurate one for navigational purposes, but it does not give an accurate size depiction of the actual continents. In fact, you might have a completely different idea when it comes to the size of the world. Just take a look at the maps below. The maps come from thetruesize.com, and then Bored Panda found some interesting discoveries when it comes to the actual size of the continents. Just check them out yourself!
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