Not to blow your mind or anything, but maps have been deceiving us for years.
The Mercator projection map, which is almost every flat map you’ve ever seen, doesn’t actually depict accurate landmasses. They’re stretched and skewed at the upper latitudes, near the poles.
The website TheTrueSize.com shows relative sizes of landmasses by correcting, albeit imperfectly, these “distortions” on traditional Mercator projection maps.
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