Dec 282010

Our underestimation of Africa’s size probably derives from the common Mercator map projection which displays equatorial regions as smaller than high latitude regions. The mistake is perpetuated, though, by inattention and by the immappancy mentioned by Kal Kraus in “The true size of Africa”.

FromĀ The Economist, Nov. 20 2010.

  One Response to “Africa is Big”

  1. Those of us who keep a globe on our desks tend to have a much better feel for the relative sizes of the continents…

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