Gall-Peters projection world map


Observatory of the Portuguese Language

Observatory of the Portuguese Language
Lisboa, Portugal

The Mercator projection planisphere, created by the geographer and cartographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569, distorts the size of the land to a large extent. This creates the so-called "Greenland problem", where landmasses furthest from the equator appear much larger than they really are. Africa is actually 14 times larger than Greenland, but if you look at a Mercator projection map it seems the opposite.


  • Title: Gall-Peters projection world map
  • Creator: Strebe
  • Date Created: 2011
  • Location: Internet
  • Type: Map
  • Rights: Wikimedia Commons

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