The True Size of Africa

If there still had to be further proof needed that a picture may be worth more than a thousand words, here it is:

In cartography there has been a lot of attempts to educate about the true size of Africa, the Peters Projection is among the more commonly known. However that Peters map has alienated people as it is too far off of traditional viewing habits, dismisses the Mercator map for all the wrong reasons and – as this sentence shows – slips into map geekery all too easily.

So there is little left to say apart from the fact that I wish this work of statistical art a wide audience, something that has been greatly helped by Kai Krause’s decision to put in in the pblic domain. And speaking of public domain, what better way to share another related link than the View of the Earth as seen by the Apollo 17 crew traveling toward the moon.

I didn’t check the facts, it seems vaguely right to my geographical eye, but I have to admit that it floated by on the Twitter and hopefully it is more than some internet meme.

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visuell

Making interactive graphics on the web to better understand data. Use open standards (Scalable Vector Graphics, SVG) for a better web. Helped by a degree in geography and a background in official statistics.

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