Check out this simple, interactive tool that shows the real size of Africa compared to the US, India & China

The real size of Africa compared to the US, India & China

Africa is massive; 30.22 million sq km, in fact. It can swallow up the whole of Europe, for instance. Africa is the second largest continent in the world. Yet the Mercator map does not actually reflect this reality.

But now, folks at Amazon Web Services (AWS) have created an interactive map that can help show the true size of nations and continents. Partly inspired by Kai Krause’s map and an episode of The West Wing, this new interactive map shows how distorting the Mercator map projections are.

How does the tool work? You enter a name of a country and then drag the country on to a geographical point of comparison whereby the tool adjusts the country to reflect its true size.

Read more: A simple, interactive tool shows the real size of India, China, and Africa – Quartz

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