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Afrika is a CONTINENT, Not just one small country.

 
SirKnighte
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12/09/2012 06:44 PM

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Afrika is a CONTINENT, Not just one small country.
Online maps that we use for directions use the Mercator projection, and this tends to dictate how we perceive the size of countries and continents. If you look at the world map on Google, for example, Africa doesn't look that much bigger compared to China or the United States. In reality though, it's a lot bigger. Kai Krause scales countries by their area in square kilometers and then fits them into a Africa's borders for some perspective.

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12/09/2012 06:51 PM
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Re: Afrika is a CONTINENT, Not just one small country.
So, if I'm in 'Afrika' I'm in continent? Is that what you're saying?
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12/09/2012 06:59 PM
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Re: Afrika is a CONTINENT, Not just one small country.
Yeah, the Mercator projection google uses is hilarious if you know what the world looks like. Greenland looks like it's bigger then the entire united states! And Antarctica is the biggest continent!

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