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The true size of countries Is an interesting site, where you can locate countries on a GoogleMaps viewer. 

By dragging objects, you can see how the countries with the latitude difference are distorted.

As shown in the image, the cylindrical projection, when attempting to PaisesmapsA projection on a plane forces the areas to distort as the latitude approaches the poles.

Google's algorithm increases the situation by considering the geometry of the earth as a perfect sphere; Unlike OpenLayers that emulates the flattening of the poles.


To insert a map, it is only necessary to type it in the left panel. Hovering over the object will display the area in square kilometers. To remove an object from the map, click the left mouse button and, if you want to clean everything, use the icon in the left panel.


See how interesting, that dragging Canada to the equator, is almost the size of Brazil.


Russia is really small compared to the entire African continent and Peru is much larger than many European countries.


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Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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