Your question: Why does Africa look smaller than Russia?

The Mercator projection, the most popular world map, distorts the size of the shape of landmasses near the pole. This results in Russia looking bigger than Africa. Actually Africa can nearly fit two Russias. In fact, Africa has an area of 11.73 million square miles while Russian one is only 6.6 million square miles.

Is Africa actually bigger than Russia?

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.

Top 15 countries.

(Africa) 30.4
Russia 17.1
Canada 10.0
China 9.6
U.S. 9.5

Is Africa smaller than Russia?

Africa is 1.77 times as big as Russia

At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20% of its land area.

Why do Western maps shrink Africa?

It’s because most maps use the Mercator Projection. On it, Greenland looks to be the same size as Africa. In reality, Africa is actually 14 times larger. Replicating the globe onto a flat surface distorts the sizes of the countries yet many have no idea.

Which country is bigger than Africa?

A Geographical Jigsaw

Country Land Area (sq. km) % of Africa
United States 9.83 million 32.4%
China 9.60 million 31.6%
India 3.29 million 10.8%
Mexico 1.96 million 6.5%
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Why is Africa so flat?

One hypothesis is that a collision between Africa and another oceanic plate occurred around 250 million years ago. The collision upheaved these layers. The apparent flat appearance of the top of the mountain probably reflects the original sedimentary layers.

Can all continents fit into Africa?

All continents put together will fit in, into Africa.” … Altogether, the world’s seven continents make up roughly 57.5 million square miles of land.

Can you fit Africa into Russia?

The Mercator projection, the most popular world map, distorts the size of the shape of landmasses near the pole. This results in Russia looking bigger than Africa. Actually Africa can nearly fit two Russias. In fact, Africa has an area of 11.73 million square miles while Russian one is only 6.6 million square miles.

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