Animating the Mercator Projection

Animating the Mercator Projection | image tagged in gifs,neilrkaye,dataviz,maps,mapping | made w/ Imgflip video-to-gif maker
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Russia is not even twice the size of China. The Mercator Projection makes it look seven or eight times as large :o
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Picard Wtf Meme | WHAT ABOUT THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE? | image tagged in memes,picard wtf | made w/ Imgflip meme maker
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most countries of the southern hemisphere are in equatorial regions which are not destorted.
Exept for Argentina and Australia/NZ in a small amount- You can see it in the gif if you look closely.
There'd be a huge distortion for Antarctica though, but it's missing in the gif
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Try to peel an orange and end up with one straight contiguous peel at the end.
No way to do so. Even if you manage to minimize the cuts- peel will burst as soon as you try to flatten it.
Neither can it be done with an earth map.
One simple way to get a square earth map is to project the whole map onto a cylindric shape enveloped around the globe which then can easily be cut open and enrolled.
Obvious drawback:
equatorial countries are depicted much smaller than those beyond tropics.
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