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Old 07-02-2018, 02:53 AM
 
Location: PRC
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I had no idea that Africa was so large. (click on the first link below) You see the normal Mercator map projections and it does not show Africa as its true relative size. Everything is squeezed in so that it all fits on the page or poster.

To quote from the current book I am reading...
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To put it in perspective, the area is roughly equal to the sum of the areas of China,
Europe, India, and the continental USA. Maybe future technology will
offer holographic maps that will redress this imbalance. The predictions
that, by the end of this century, the African population will exceed that
of the rest of the world seem less improbable once we recognize the size
of the continent.
[Peter Townsend - The Dark Side of Technology, Page 76]

Africa with other countries inside
Areas of different countries chart
The Economist - The True Size of Africa

Maybe I am just showing the gaps in my education, but there must be others who did not realise this too.
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:06 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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It has its own continent, why wouldn't it be large?
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Old 07-02-2018, 05:00 AM
 
Location: PRC
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It has its own continent, why wouldn't it be large?
So, were you aware the maps showing the world also show the size of Africa as smaller than it 'should' be if all the continent sizes were relative to each other?
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Maine
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So, were you aware the maps showing the world also show the size of Africa as smaller than it 'should' be if all the continent sizes were relative to each other?
Yup. The United States could EASILY fit inside North Africa and still have lots of room left over. Africa is massive.
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Old 07-02-2018, 07:59 AM
 
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Sadly, must of the population would not even be able to point out Africa on the globe of the world.

Why is this posted here by the way?
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:20 AM
 
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Kinda my question.
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