posted on Apr, 28 2017 @ 03:28 PM
originally posted by: LoneCloudHopper2
a reply to: Box of Rain
On that map Greenland looks like it would be the largest nation in the world. I remember it being large but nowhere near that huge.
That is in fact the whole issue surrounding what is often called "The Greenland Problem" with the Mercator projection. It has been discussed for many
years (definitely since I was in school in the 1970s, and I'm sure prior to that) that because of the way the Mercator Projection warps the globe in
order to fit on a flat map, it makes Greenland look to be the size of Africa -- which it isn't.
That' "Greenland Problem" is not a new criticism of the Mercator Projection at all.
And it's more of a symptom
of a bigger problem with the Mercator Projection than the problem itself, since Greenland is not very inhabited.
Look up the "Peter's-Gall" projection for more on the problems with the Mercator Projection.
edit on 28/4/2017 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)