Ever wonder why northern countries are so big? - Carlitos

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I'm pretty sure we've looked at Google Maps and have wondered, why do countries seem to get bigger the farther they are from the equator? And the reality is that they are not as big as in Google Maps. This also happens on lots of other maps. For some reason, the farther land is from the equator, the bigger it gets on maps. But as you drag it toward the equator its real size is revealed.

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arrathore 6 months, 2 weeks ago
I think it's because of the Mercator Projection of maps. Basically, if you want to represent the surface of a sphere (the Earth) as a rectangle, something is going to get distorted.

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