Africa

Africa


Africa is larger than China, the USA, India, Mexico, and a big part of Europe combined.


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Look at the usual flat map of the world and it appears that Greenland is nearly as big as Africa. But it's not even close. Africa is 14 times larger. Flat maps significantly distort the sizes of countries and continents, the result of converting a spherical surface to a handy rectangle. The area of landmasses becomes increasingly exaggerated toward the poles.

As a result, we tend to underestimate the size of countries close to the equator, and substantially overestimate the size of countries closer to the poles. On our actual planet, Africa is bigger than China, India, the contiguous U.S., and most of Europe—combined!


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