Google maps WTF: Greenland is bigger than South America?!!


#1

Here’s a screenshot:

Link to screenshot: http://postimg.org/image/6tqq7416l/


#2

And Antarctica is bigger than Eurasia? :stuck_out_tongue: WTF really


#3

It’s not Google’s fault (this time) it’s down to map projection, it stretches areas at the north and south more than the central areas.


#4

The earth is a spheroid. Flattening it onto a two dimensional map distorts the areas closer to the poles, making those land masses seem much larger than they are in reality.

Normally, lines of longitude converge at the poles; on a map, they remain parallel, so clearly they are much more spread out the closer you get to the pole.

Closer to reality:

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_projection

http://geology.isu.edu/geostac/Field_Exercise/topomaps/distortion.htm


#5

Vsauce explained about this.


#6

already explained, check out the peters map, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gall–Peters_projection


#7

For those interested in this matter, read about Buckminster Fuller studies, half past century. It’s pretty interesting to see other kind of earth representation, it could change minds and opinions.

!http://wharferj.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/dymaxion-map-large1.png!

Look at the comparation (for example) between Europe and South America, both in this map and the default one we are used to see and think with.


#8
TitanThemes said

Vsauce explained about this.

This video came across my mind as soon as I saw the title :smiley:


#9

relics from the colonial age still going strong (was intentional and still is). maps were made to show the “importance” of the “civilized” world upon the rest of the “savage/primitive” world.

Note that Africa is “huge” comparing with Europe


#10

Fascinating stuff


#11

why not?


#12

Now that’s embarrassing. I have to admit my ignorance :slight_smile:

Well, I realized that it is matter of map projection. But it just looks so wrong. Believe me or not, but for years of using GM this is first time I “zoomed out” enough to notice it :slight_smile: From my school years I remember map projection like this:


( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_large_blank_world_map_with_oceans_marked_in_blue.PNG )

BTW, out of curiosity I showed that screen to couple of people. 4/5 said “Wow, that’s wrong… Maybe they’re using some specific projection?”; and one said "What? What’s wrong with Greenland? Never thought about it :silly: "


#13
doru said

relics from the colonial age still going strong (was intentional and still is). maps were made to show the “importance” of the “civilized” world upon the rest of the “savage/primitive” world.

Note that Africa is “huge” comparing with Europe

The Lambert projection makes it easy to navigate, you can create flight plans/shipping route by drawing a straight line on it and easily know your direction and you don’t need worry that you’ll end up in the middle of nowhere.

Maps were made to be accurate when sailing back in the day not to show how small Europe is compared to Africa, that’s just silly.

source: pilot