Mercator Projections vs Rotation GIF

Earth projected using Mercator as a function of north-south rotation.

Projecting a sphere on a surface can only be done at the price of some distortion. Mercator’s projection is very useful if you are sailing, but strongly distorts sizes. And if we can change what is at the centre of the map we can see how much.

A tweet about the recently had some great comments…

This is a great tool to compare the sizes of different countries…

A GIF showing countries scaled down to their actual size…

Another cool map tool that is open-source…

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