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  • Rhea Singhvi

Is Your World Map Lying To You?

Chapter 16

The problem with most maps is that countries close to the equator are shrunk and those near the poles are enlarged. Mapping projections, such as Mercator provides a distorted representation in terms of the size of the continent. Africa is large enough to fit the USA, China, India, Japan and all of Europe in their entirety. However, Africa, Latin America and South Asia appear small- in some sense, they reinforce the coloniser's attitude. The notion that maps are scientific and objective in nature is false.

It is said that minute details like colouring or even alteration in sizes can have larger political consequences.


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