Map of the Day

Most maps of the world are deficient, because projection involves compromise. Either the land area proportions are incorrect, or the oceans are skewed, or it’s great at the equator but distorted at the poles.

For centuries humans have been jostling with the challenge of creating a faithful flat-surface projection of our spherical planet, and the latest addition to these efforts is like nothing we’ve seen before.

The AuthaGraph World Map looks a bit odd at first, especially if you’re used to the ubiquitous and flawed Mercator-type map, seen everywhere from classroom posters to Google Maps. Australia is actually bigger than Greenland and Antarctica wasn’t even discovered when that map was invented.

But this new version of the world is potentially the most proportional map we’ve ever had.

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