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Old Jun 10, 2011, 01:38 AM   #1
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How many times can the U.S.A fit into Africa?

"How big is Africa? You can see from this map created by Kai Krause, that Africa is large. If you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan - they all fit into the continent of Africa. The US can fit comfortably no less than three times. The UK can fit into Africa over 120 times. Even those of us who were educated in Africa may be surprised at these statistics. That's because the geography books at school tend to originate from Europe or the US, and show a proportionally skewed perspective of the world."
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 01:54 AM   #2
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This is common knowledge to those of us who studied geography in any depth. Thank the Mercator map used for navigation in the 16th century for our skewed perspective.
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 02:04 AM   #3
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Isn't this apples and oranges - continent vs countries Imagine how many times the USA can fit into Asia?!
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Old Jun 10, 2011, 02:46 AM   #4
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It's also to do with how a map of the world works. Africa is close to the equator, whereas the USA, Europe etc are further way so are 'stretched'. Look at how big greenland looks on a world map, it isn't actually that big, it's just to do with how projecting a sphere onto a 2D surface works.
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