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Combating Immapancy, One Map at a Time

November 9, 2010

The map below is from Kai Krause.  It shows the true size of Africa.  From FlowingData

Online maps that we use for directions use the Mercator projection, and this tends to dictate how we perceive the size of countries and continents. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn’t look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it’s a lot bigger. Kai Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa’s borders for some perspective.


If you enjoyed that map, you may also enjoy the following two, both courtesy of Chris Blattman.

The first one is from 1913 and is titled, “Africa Religions & Missions.”  It is good to know the heathens are losing ground.

And finally, one more map of Africa.

PS. There are no tigers in Africa

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2010 12:09 am

    not in ALL of Africa? There are NO tigers?

    I simply can’t believe you.

    • November 13, 2010 8:51 am

      Well that is what google is for. Look it up. Apparently there are some tigers in South Africa, but they were sent there from China and live in a zoo. Thus, they do not count.

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