This compelling infographic, The True Size of Africa, from Information is Beautiful, has been online for a while, but I wanted to post it here. I think it’s a great example of how well-designed data visualization can educate people and erase their misconceptions. To be honest, I didn’t know that Africa was this big until I saw this infographic, despite having quite a few geography lessons and pop map quizzes in high school. And yes, I know Africa is a continent and it is being compared to countries here, but a chart like this should accompany world maps in classrooms, if this is what they look like:
Read about the Mercator projection (and its distortion issue) here if you’re interested.