The INSIDER Summary:
• Flat maps are not an accurate representation of the actual size of the earth, because it’s a sphere.
• The infographic below shows the size difference between multiple countries and continents.
• While the US and Canada are fairly similar in size, Colombia is a whole 4.3 times bigger than the UK.
Looking at a map doesn’t always give you the most accurate picture of how big or small a country or continent really is.
According to Expedia, that’s because the earth is a sphere, which is why it’s mathematically impossible for a flat model of it — a map — to be completely correct.
The infographic below compares the sizes of various countries and continents to give a truer representation of the actual size of the earth.
It’s pretty mind boggling. For instance, did you know that Colombia is a whole 4.3 times bigger than the UK? Or that Antarctica is 1.9 times bigger than Australia? Or that Russia is so big it has 11 different time zones?
Keep scrolling to see other mind-blowing facts.
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