The proportions on the world map

• The proportions on the world map

The proportions on the world map

Everyone is used to it, "flat" cards, where a huge Russia, a vast expanse of Greenland, Canada stretches. But all this is Mercator, the so-called "conformal". So the world turns deformed, because of the Congo Square is actually more of Greenland Square!

In fact, at times less Russian, Ukraine less than Madagascar and so on. But Mercator, established in 1569, turned out to be convenient for marine navigation, because it is reduced to zero angular distortion that allows you to properly determine the bearing and the direction of motion. And I still do not understand why these charts are used in education, the media, everywhere. Because they distort perception, give a false picture of the world. Because the actual site in the Mercator projection only at the equator, and then start the distortions that grow as we approach the poles, where the miserable island can be increased many times over.

The proportions on the world map