Check Out 15 Maps You’ll Never Look At The World The Same

The reason why certain countries look bigger or smaller than others is that of something called the Mercator Projection. Putting a 3D planet on a two-dimensional map was something of a difficulty for early cartographers and so a Flemish geographer and cartographer named Gerardus Mercator came up with a solution. In 1569 he designed a map that could be perfectly used for navigation purposes, but the downside was that his system changed the size of objects depending on their position relative to the equator. Because of this, landmasses like Antarctica and Greenland appeared much larger than they really are. Check out the maps below.

#1 US Moved Down Next To Australia Looks Unbelievably Small

#2 Russia On The Equator Is Not A Giant Bear Anymore

Russia On The Equator Is Not A Giant Bear Anymore

#3 If Romania Was An Island In The Arctic Ocean

If Romania Was An Island In The Arctic Ocean

#4 Australia Is Way Bigger Than You May Think – It Covers Almost The Whole Of Europe

Australia Is Way Bigger Than You May Think - It Covers Almost The Whole Of Europe

#5 If Brazil Was In Asia It Would Be Massive

If Brazil Was In Asia It Would Be Massive

#6 Indonesia Would Spread Almost Across The Whole Of Russia

Indonesia Would Spread Almost Across The Whole Of Russia

#7 Greenland Is Not So Big When Compared To USA And Brazil

Greenland Is Not So Big When Compared To USA And Brazil

#8 When You Move Canada To South America

When You Move Canada To South America

#9 California Moved Onto The UK Shows They’re Quite Similar In Size

California Moved Onto The UK Shows They're Quite Similar In Size

#10 China Placed On Top Of Russia

China Placed On Top Of Russia

#11 Australia Moved Onto North America Becomes REALLY Big

Australia Moved Onto North America Becomes REALLY Big

#12 Japan Can Stretch Almost Across Canada

Japan Can Stretch Almost Across Canada

#13 Antarctica Is Not So Much Larger Than Brazil

Antarctica Is Not So Much Larger Than Brazil

#14 This Is How India Changes As You Move It North

This Is How India Changes As You Move It North

#15 Canada Moved Down Onto The US Reveals That Both Countries Are Pretty Much The Same Size

Canada Moved Down Onto The US Reveals That Both Countries Are Pretty Much The Same Size

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