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30 Unbelievable Maps That'll Literally Make You View The World Differently

by Veronica / September 14, 2016

Have you ever wondered how cartographers managed to project the earth on a two-dimensional map? Well, the earth being a 3D planet became a challenge for the early cartographers and then Gerardus Mercator, a Flemish cartographer, and geographer had a breakthrough innovative idea.

He designed a map in the year 1569 that was immensely helpful for navigation purpose, but it had a flaw. The system he incorporated actually resulted in the distortion of object sizes depending on their position relative to the equator. Due to this, certain landmasses like Antarctica, Greenland, and others appeared larger than their actual size.

The website: TheTrueSize.com shows the light on our incorrect knowledge of landmass sizes and lets us move the countries on the map from one position to another. Below, we have some of the most surprising differences.

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US Moved Down Next To Australia Looks Unbelievably Small

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Russia On The Equator Is Not A Giant Bear Anymore

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