I have always assumed that any map of the world is the same no matter which book or globe I happen to be looking at. With technology advancing at a fast rate it is hard to image that there are still contradictions when it comes to mapping out the world correctly. We are able to travel to the corners of the globe within days and we can communicate with anyone no matter where they are living thanks to the internet. It seems however that some maps do not represent the sizes of each country correctly.
The Mercator map which was published in 1569 and is still used by schools and navigators to this day shows that Africa is a similar size to Greenland. When you consider the number of countries within the African country and the extent of desert that it holds, you start to doubt the accuracy of this particular map. Representing the world as round seems to have brought about difficulties in mapping it out correctly.
A few years ago, a computer expert produced his own controversial map which showed a number of major countries fitting into the African continent such as China, US, India and Mexico. Although there are aspects of this projection which are not entirely correct – it does effectively show that Africa is bigger than earlier maps have shown.
Dr Arno Peters’ projection of the world map which was produced in 1974 supposedly shows an accurate calculation of the world with Africa able to contain European countries, US, China and India all within its boundaries. Dr Peters’ projection caused a stir when he announced it and even now there are those who still debate whether it is correct.
If the Earth was flat it would be lot simpler to accurately represent a map of the world. Unfortunately, being a round object there are always variables and we will probably always have a debate on the accuracy of maps of our world. Luckily we have found it easier to create our school maps for parents to use!
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