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Post by HoratioTarr on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:23 pm

The real size of Britain.
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The real size of Africa

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3745016/Our-world-maps-WRONG-Countries-nearer-poles-distorted-appear-bigger-are.html
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Post by Guest on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:27 pm

Was reading about that the other day.   Facinating, because when we view the world in our mind's eye, we view it as we have seen on globes, so we have been wrong for so long!

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Post by eddie on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:47 pm

Why have we been shown the wrong map?

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Post by HoratioTarr on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:50 pm

eddie wrote:Why have we been shown the wrong map?

Because the Earth is a sphere, it is impossible to accurately depict its surface on a two dimensional surface - such as a poster, or a book.
This has resulted in world maps taking on a diverse range of shapes, from hearts to cones.
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Post by eddie on Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:54 pm

Right. I don't buy it but whatever.

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Post by HoratioTarr on Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:03 pm

eddie wrote:Right. I don't buy it but whatever.

Well I guess because the bottom of a sphere is narrower and the middle wider? I dunno. You'd have thought they'd have it right by now though.
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Post by eddie on Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:44 pm

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eddie wrote:Right. I don't buy it but whatever.

Well I guess because the bottom of  a sphere is narrower and the middle wider?   I dunno.  You'd have thought they'd have it right by now though.

Yeah. You'd think.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:49 am

Only a globe will show the earth accurately.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:52 am

Here is Britain and Ireland in comparison to, oh say, Texas...

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...which is geographically, only our second largest state.

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Post by 'Wolfie on Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:01 am

G'Day

TEXAS can easily fit within New South Wales, with room left over..

Alaska can be be fitted within Queensland's borders, with a bit of squishing and squashing..

The UK will comfortably fit inside Victoria, if you turn it sideways.

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