The Problem With Our Maps

Jun 7, 2017 | 15:06 GMT

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Editor's Note

Stratfor's view of the world is underpinned by geography, an intractable constant that even the staunchest leaders ignore at their peril. Our perception of geography — be it human or physical — is inevitably shaped by representative data, often conveyed using maps. Our understanding of map-based data is, however, a little skewed, something our friends at Visual Capitalist show succinctly with their breakdown of the Mercator projection. 

Maps shape our understanding of the world – and in an increasingly interconnected and global economy, this geographic knowledge is more important than ever. The funny thing is, almost everyone actually has a skewed perception of the true size of countries thanks to a cartographic technique called the Mercator projection....

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