Why All World Maps Are Wrong

Written by Ana Krneta
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All of us have studied geography in elementary school and learned how to pinpoint various continents and their corresponding countries. In fact, most of us have always had a big map on the wall of our classrooms. If not a map, then a globe.

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However, one thing that we haven’t been taught in our geography classes growing up is that world maps are always wrong. VOX has put together a handy informational video about why that exactly is and they make it really simple to understand.

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The host uses a really good physical example of why flat world maps can never be right. He holds a big blow up globe and explains that to get the spherical globe to resemble a rectangular, which is the shape of a map, he has to slice the globe up.

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As he slices through it, trying to get it flat, he explains that he has to stretch and cut the countries. ‘That right there is the eternal dilemma of map makers,' says the host. 'The surface of a sphere cannot be represented as a plain without some form of distortion.’

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The host uses a really good physical example of why flat world maps can never be right. He holds a big blow up globe and explains that to get the spherical globe to resemble a rectangular, which is the shape of a map, he has to slice the globe up.

As he slices through it, trying to get it flat, he explains that he has to stretch and cut the countries. ‘That right there is the eternal dilemma of map makers,' says the host. 'The surface of a sphere cannot be represented as a plain without some form of distortion.’

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